Everyone loves to milk Frannie, the fun loving ,friendly Benton County Farm Bureau cow! Frannie and I made the Centerton Day Celebration last weekend with a little help from my sons to transport us to the park.Although Frannie doesn't talk much, she gives milk generously without kicking and allows us farmers to share how we work everyday to produce high-quality milk and the importance of dairy foods to a healthy diet.
If Frannie did talk, this would be her story about that delicious milk she produces:
Dairy foods are nutrient rich foods that provide essential nutrients and minerals that together help to keep the body in optimal health. Milk and other dairy foods provide nine essential nutrients that include:
- Calcium: Helps build and maintain healthy bones and teeth.
- Potassium: Helps to regulate the body's fluid balance and maintain normal blood pressure and muscle activity.
- Phosphorus: Helps strengthen bones and generate energy in the body's cells.
- Protein: The protein in milk, yogurt and cheese builds and repairs muscle tissue, and serves as a source of energy and satiety.
- Vitamin D: Promotes the absorption of calcium and enhances bone strength.
- Vitamin A: Helps maintain normal vision and skin and also important for bone growth.
- Vitamin B-12: Helps maintain healthy red blood cells and nerve cells.
- Riboflavin: Helps convert food into energy the body can use.
- Niacin: Helps bodies digest carbohydrates and fatty acids.
- 2 cups for children 2 to 3 years,
- 2.5 cups for children 4 to 8 years, and
- 3 cups for those 9 years and older
I'm sure Frannie would be sure to mention that you can also find more dairy information and great nutritious recipes at Dairy Makes Sense!