5 Ways Drinking Milk Helps With Your Kid’s Development

by Bustle Studios

Moms have known the health benefits of serving milk to their kids for generations. Since way back when “farm fresh” meant serving products cultivated in your own backyard, moms have supported their children’s growth and development by incorporating cow’s milk into their daily diet. Clover Sonoma, an independent, family-owned producer of dairy products continues to empower moms to provide their kids with all of the health benefits that milk has to offer.

Clover Sonoma strives to maintain “the Clover Promise of Excellence” beginning with production: Clover Sonoma cows are cared for at family farms under American Humane Certified animal welfare standards, and none of their cows are treated with rBST, the bovine growth hormone. Every shipment of milk from the farms is tested to meet cleanliness standards that are far higher than any state or federal regulation. And all of their organic products are certified organic by the USDA. Best of all, Clover Sonoma has just released a new line of organic milk enhanced with DHA Omega-3 and Choline to make each serving pack an extra dose of brain-boosting nutrients.

As supermarket shelves are increasingly crowded with dairy milk alternatives that make dubious claims of healthfulness, it’s a good time to brush up on the many health benefits of fresh, clean cow’s milk. Here are five ways that drinking milk helps with your child’s development.


Cow’s Milk Is Naturally High In Protein

Protein is an essential nutrient for a child’s development, helping them to grow leaner and stronger. If you’ve ever checked the nutrition facts on a gallon of milk versus a milk alternative, you know that cow’s milk packs significantly more protein than non-dairy options. Almond milk, for example, contains only one gram of protein per serving, whereas 2% milk by Clover Sonoma offers 10 grams of protein per serving. That’s 10 times more protein per serving!


It's High In Potassium, An Essential Nutrient

If you’re not monitoring your kid’s potassium intake, it might not be a bad idea to start. Potassium is one of seven essential macrominerals, and its benefits are wide-ranging: it helps maintain bone mineral density, it helps to lower blood pressure, and it helps to regulate the body’s fluid balance. Thanks to Clover Sonoma, providing your child with potassium is easy: each serving of Clover Sonoma’s 2% milk contains 10% of their daily recommended quantity.


It Can Provide Brain-Boosting DHA Omega-3

DHA Omega-3 has earned that moniker of "the original superfood," and for good reason: DHA supports brain function and eye health and has been linked to a number of health benefits that are particularly useful to children’s development. In fact, a recent review of scientific studies found that increased DHA has a measurable impact on children’s attention and behavior and can even help to combat ADHD. With these health benefits in mind, Clover Sonoma has launched a new line of Organic Whole Milk and Reduced Fat 2% Milk with added DHA Omega-3 to help boost cognitive development. It has the same smooth, great taste as all of Clover Sonoma’s milk products, so your kid will love it!


The Vitamins In Cow's Milk Are Essential

Naturally occurring nutrients are the easiest for our bodies to absorb, which makes the rich number of vitamins in cow’s milk an especially valuable part of your kid’s diet. Clover Sonoma's 2% milk contains large quantities of both Vitamin A and Vitamin D. The Vitamin A in Clover Sonoma milk is Vitamin A palmitate, which means it's easily absorbed into the body and processed efficiently. The Vitamin D in Clover Sonoma milks is Vitamin D3, which is a fat-soluble vitamin that helps the body to absorb calcium and phosphorous. The combination of these vitamins in each serving of Clover Sonoma gives your child an extra boost of health support with each sip.


The Choline It Provides Is Essential For Their Metabolism

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Choline is a strong antioxidant that plays an important role in regulating mood, aiding memory, and boosting intelligence. As cow’s milk is a primary dietary source of Choline, making it a regular part of your kid’s diet could give them a significant boost in their development. Choline has also been linked to the development of a healthy metabolism. Each cup of DHA Omega-3 Whole Milk contains 100 percent of the Choline recommended for your child’s daily diet.

On top of all of these amazing health benefits, Clover Sonoma is committed to supporting independent family farms across their home state of Northern California. The family farms they partner with share the Clover Promise of Excellence, which calls for the utmost integrity in farming practices, treatment of animals, and quality products, making it a product you and your kids can feel good about.


This post is sponsored by Clover Sonoma.