Started by the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) of the United Nations (UN), World School Milk Day falls on 26th September this year. It was started as an initiative to create awareness of school milk programs and celebrate the benefits of the programs.
Milk is found in many dietary guidelines worldwide because it is a natural source of nutrients such as protein, calcium, potassium, phosphorus, iodine and vitamins B2 (riboflavin) and B12. Protein contributes to growth and maintenance of muscle mass, and to the maintenance of normal bones. Calcium helps to support development of strong bones and teeth. Phosphorus, vitamins B2 and B12 contributes to energy metabolism. (1)
Dairy products such as milk, yogurt and cheese are listed in many dietary guidelines worldwide. Different dairy products and amounts are advised, in line with the culture and eating habits of the particular country. Generally, dietary guidelines often recommends 2 to 3 servings of dairy a day. (2)
- EFSA: 2009; 7(9): 1210; 1219; 1223; 1272, 2010; 8(9): 1777, 2010; 8(10): 1725; 1756; 1811; 1814, 2011;9(6):2203
- Food and Agriculture Organization (2017). Food-based dietary guidelines. Retrieved via http://www.fao.org/nutrition/education/food-dietary-guidelines/home/en/ (visited April 2017).