100 Things We Love About Dairy: The Fourth 25

  1. What else are you going to dunk your cookies in? Santa isn’t traveling around the entire world in one night for cookies and water. 
  2. Cows make funny sounds – even in Christmas carols. You know the part of Away in a Manger with “the cattle are lowing, the baby awakes”? Lowing is another word for mooing
  3. Nature says butter is better. More and more research is showing that real butter is more natural and better for you than margarine. 
  4. Chocolate milk demands crowd control. This brand of chocolate milk is so popular in New Zealand, that when it first appeared around this time last year, some stores had to hire security guards to control the crowds.
  5. Milk turns oatmeal and other everyday foods into creamy amazingness. So did you know that you can make oatmeal, rice and condensed soup with milk instead of water and it’s AMAZING? Here’s the low down from Quaker. You’re welcome.
  6. Dairy is multicultural. Civilizations all over the world have eaten dairy for thousands of years.
  7. Dairy raises your sights. One glass of milk has 10 percent of your daily value of vitamin A – which is great for eye health. 
  8. Cream of the crop. Cookies and cream. Boston cream pie. Cream puffs. Basically, cream is the best part of 90 percent of your favorite deserts.
  9. Dairy cows fuel Pizza Hut. It takes more cows to produce milk annually for Pizza Hut cheese (about 170,000) than there are people living in Green Bay, Wisconsin.
  10. Dairy is brain food. New research out of University of Kansas Medical Center indicates people who drink more milk have higher levels of the antioxidant glutathione, which is good for brain health. 
  11. Dairy magically turns food into energy. A glass of milk contains 10 percent of your daily value of Niacin, which helps your body’s enzymes function normally by converting food into energy.
  12. Dairy makes even vegetables taste good. Cauliflower may seem yucky to your children – until you pour molten cheese over it, and then suddenly it’s God’s gift to the dinner table.
  13. Holsteins are iconic. Dairy cows are models for Chick-Fil-A’s Eat Mor Chikin campaign. Yep. Those are dairy cows, not beef cows. Apparently, Chick-Fil-A chose Holsteins because they are the most iconic type breed of cows.
  14. Milk hits the spot with a PB&J. Nothing cuts through a throat full of peanut butter like a cool and creamy swallow of milk. 
  15. The puns. Why be gouda when you can brie grate?
  16. Cows can spend up to 8 hours a day eating. Coincidentally, cows are the main reason many of us wish WE spent 8 hours a day eating.
  17. Dairy puts the flave in riboflavin. A glass of milk has 20 percent of your daily value of riboflavin, which helps turn food into energy and supports your central nervous system. 
  18. Dairy inspires you to build a better kitchen. With gadgets like rotary cheese graters and milk frothers.
  19. Dairy is a shoulder to cry on. Because sometimes your day was so bad, the only cure is to eat ice cream in bed, straight out of the carton.
  20. Be-utiful B12. You’ll find 13 percent of your daily value of vitamin B12 in a glass of milk – good for building blood cells and supporting your central nervous system.
  21. Milk has three major nutrients we’re missing. Americans are missing potassium, calcium, Vitamin D and fiber in their diets – and dairy is a great source of the first three of those. Make that next grilled cheese with whole grain bread to help boost your fiber, too.
  22. Vanilla-merican. America loves ice cream – and vanilla is the favorite flavor.
  23. Easiest hors d'oeuvres ever. Cheese. Crackers. Done, son!
  24. Cheese curds are squeaky good. Ever had real, fresh cheese curds? They’re also known as “squeaky cheese.” How fun is that?
  25. The Bantu word for “king” means “milkbringer.” Omukama, often translated as “king” in the region of Uganda, literally means “superior milkman/milkbringer.”
By Jordan Manning

Jordan grew up in the cattle industry and uses her love of agriculture every day to help people understand more about their food. She previously worked at the Texas Beef Council. When she's not working, Jordan enjoys cheering for the Aggies. Learn more about Jordan

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