School milk programmes are effective vehicles for providing nutrition to children. School feeding programs have been proven not only to alleviate childhood hunger but to also promote educational opportunities for children.
Milk contains 14 of 18 minerals and vitamins that humans need to stay healthy. Here’s a brief look at what milk contains:
Protein: Helps build and repair body tissues, including muscles and bones, and plays a role in the creation of antibodies which fight infection.
Vitamin A: Aids bone and tooth development. Also aids in the maintenance of night vision and healthy skin.
Vita`min B12: Aids in red blood cell formation.
Vitamin B6: Factor in the conversion of food into energy and tissue formation, including bones.
Riboflavin: Factor in the conversion of food into energy and tissue formation.
Niacin: Aids in normal growth, and is a factor in the conversion of food into energy and tissue formation, including bones.
Thiamine: Releases energy from carbohydrate and aids normal growth.
Pantothenic acid: Factor in the conversion of food into energy and tissue formation, including bones.
Calcium: Aids in the formation and maintenance of strong bones and healthy teeth.
Magnesium: Factor in bone and teeth health, conversion of food into energy and tissue formation.
Phosphorus: Factor in the formation and maintenance of strong bones and healthy teeth.
Potassium: Aids in the correct functioning of nerves and muscles.
Zinc: Factor in tissue formation, including bones, and conversion of food into energy
Selenium: Factor in the correct functioning of the immune system, due to its antioxidant effect.
Calcium: Milk is the best source of calcium for our body. Calcium protects our bodies from bone loss, migraine headaches, and obesity in children and aids in losing unwanted fats. It is essential to get the recommended amount of daily calcium intake in order to maintain strong bones and health benefits and prevent future health risks due to lack of calcium.
Vitamin D: Vitamin D helps the body to absorb calcium. Vitamin D improves bone strength by promoting bone growth and reducing the risk of brittle bones. It also reduces inflammation and increases immune function.