Cow’s milk is known as a “complete food” because it contains almost all the nutrients a person needs for sound health. It provides a range of nutrients, including carbohydrates, proteins, fats, vitamins and minerals and is particularly high in calcium, zinc and iodine as well as vitamins A, B, D and E. What’s more, Jersey and Guernsey milk contains more vitamin A and D than any other milk. This makes the daily intake of milk (at least a glass) an important part of our diets.
Gold Top milk contains only five per cent fat, which is much lower than cream. Guernsey milk contains 12 per cent more protein and 15 per cent more calcium, while Jersey milk contains 18 per cent more protein and 20 per cent more calcium than regular milk.
Calcium is a vital mineral that helps build strong bones and teeth. Vitamin D (also in milk) helps the body absorb and retain calcium in the bones, making them strong. The National Osteoporosis Society recommends growing teenagers consume 1,000mg and adults 800mg of calcium each day to protect their bones and that, for many people, milk is an excellent and readily obtainable source of this vital mineral. Only tinned pilchards and sardines eaten with their bones provide more calcium weight for weight than milk does.
Other health benefits include the fact that around a third of the Gold Top milk’s fat is the healthy monounsaturated kind, which is associated with lowering blood pressure and keeping the heart healthy.