World Milk Day 2024: Why dairy products are so important

Today marks World Milk Day, an international awareness day that celebrates the importance of dairy products. 

Today marks World Milk Day, which is an international awareness day that celebrates the importance of milk and dairy products.

The event, established by the Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) of the United Nations, is celebrated annually on 1st June. 

This year’s theme will focus on celebrating the vital role dairy plays in delivering quality nutrition to nourish the world.  

Dairy is an accessible, affordable, and nutrient-dense food and an essential part of balanced diets across the world. 

Milk is a natural source of many important vitamins and nutrients, but, according to AHDB, over half (58%) of Brits are not aware of one of milk’s most valuable properties as a natural source of vitamin B12.

B12 is important for our general well-being as it reduces fatigue and tiredness, supports the immune system to work normally and helps the body release energy from food. 

Cost-effective way of obtaining important nutrients

An AHDB spokesperson said: “While price is a huge concern for many shoppers, milk can be one of the most important items on a weekly shopping list, as it’s a cost-effective way of obtaining important nutrients that can benefit our health.” 

Animal-based foods such as meat and dairy products are some of the prime sources of B12.  

Including meat, fish or dairy in your diet, should give you enough B12.  

Foods naturally containing vitamin B12:  

  • Meat such as pork, beef and lamb. Opt for lean cuts, such as 5% pork or beef mince 
  • Milk, cheese and yogurt. 

Essential vitamins and minerals 

Worryingly, research from the AHDB found that one in three (35%) adults needed to change their diet to save money in 2023. 

The good news is that products like milk, which, in addition to vitamin B12, contributes many essential vitamins and minerals such as calcium, vitamin A, riboflavin, iodine, and potassium, is one of the most affordable sources of protein and can help to maintain a healthy, balanced diet without the price tag.  

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