3 Ways Milk Can Help Shape Men’s Health

From Protein in the Morning to Refueling After a Workout, Milk Can Make an Impact on Men’s Health

Let’s face it, guys — most of us aren’t eating enough protein every morning. In fact, most Americans eat an average of 13 grams at breakfast — about half of what many experts suggest would be most beneficial as part of a healthy morning routine.

Breakfast can be important for weight management, energy, focus and overall men’s health. In fact, men who skipped breakfast had a 27 percent higher risk of heart disease compared with men who did not, according to a recent study in the journal Circulation

But it’s not just making sure to eat breakfast that has a great impact on men’s health. What you eat for breakfast — as well as your meal choices for the rest of the day — also makes a difference. Opting for fruits, vegetables, low-fat dairy, lean proteins and whole grains can make an impact.

And, one of the best beverages for men may also be one of the most obvious – milk. Adding a glass of milk to your meal is a delicious and convenient way to add nine essential nutrients, including high-quality protein, calcium and vitamin D.

Here are some reasons why milk can be an important part of a healthy routine for men’s health.

Protein Punch at Breakfast

Make your breakfast count. Eating a morning meal provides your body with fuel to start the day. Many experts now recommend getting 25 to 30 grams of protein at each meal, and that includes breakfast! With 8 grams of high-quality protein per 8-ounce glass, milk is a perfect complement to pair with other foods to help amp up your protein at breakfast. Enjoy it as a beverage on the side, make your oatmeal with milk instead of water or add it to your morning smoothie.

Great Post-Workout Fuel

Along with carbohydrates, protein is also key after a tough workout to replenish and rebuild your hardworking muscles. This is where chocolate milk comes in. Lowfat chocolate milk has the right mix of protein and carbohydrates, scientifically shown to refuel exhausted muscles and help return to peak potential, along with fluids and electrolytes to help rehydrate and replenish critical nutrients lost in sweat. Plus, it is an easy and delicious post-workout option.

Nutrients Men Need

Calcium is not just important for women - it’s important for men as well. In fact, it has been found to be a “shortfall nutrient” meaning men aren’t getting enough of this important, bone-building mineral. Considering research from The FASEB Journal found milk is a top source of calcium in the diet — with one cup offering about a third of the recommended amount for one day — it shouldn’t come as a surprise milk should be a regular part of the daily diet. 

Another nutrient many of us aren’t getting enough of is vitamin D. In addition to working with calcium to support bone health, a growing body of research supports the potential role vitamin D plays to reduce the risk of both cardiovascular disease and cancer, according to the 2015 Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee Report (see page 14). For adult males, the recommended daily value is 600 IUs. So, when coupled with other quality foods and daily sunshine, drinking the recommended three cups of milk daily can help you get to the recommended amount.

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