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Milk Facts

  • Name: Milk
  • Type of Food: Liquid
  • Sources: Female Mammals
  • Total Calories: 148 (one cup, 244 grams)
  • Total Fat: 8 grams (one cup, 244 grams)
  • Total Protein: 8 grams (one cup, 244 grams)
  • Total Carbohydrates: 12 grams (one cup, 244 grams)

29 Milk Facts for Kids

  1. Milk is a white liquid substance consumed by humans.
  2. Milk is produced from female mammals, including but not limited to cows, water buffalos, goats and sheep.
  3. In 2011, cows made up 85% of the world’s milk production, 260 million milk cows created over 800 million tons of milk.
  4. Dairy farming is a type of agriculture that focuses on the production of milk from livestock.
  5. There are several different types of milk sold in grocery stores in the United States and they are whole milk, 2% milk, 1% milk and skim milk. The different is the amount of fat in each serving.
  6. Whole milk contains 8 grams of fat and is 150 calories per serving.
  7. 2% milk contains 5 grams of fat and is 120 calories per serving.
  8. 1% milk contains 2.5 grams of fat and is 100 calories per serving.
  9. Skim milk contains no fat and is 80 calories per serving.
  10. According to FAOSTAT, the largest cow milk producer in 2013 was the United States with over 100 million tons.
  11. According to FAOSTAT, the largest buffalo milk producer in 2013 was India with over 77 million tons.
  12. According to FAOSTAT, the largest goat milk producer in 2013 was India with over 5.5 million tons.
  13. According to FAOSTAT, the largest sheep milk producer in 2013 was China with over 1.6 million tons.
  14. One cup of whole cow milk (244 grams) contains 148 calories.
  15. One cup of whole cow milk (244 grams) contains 8 grams of fat.
  16. One cup of whole cow milk (244 grams) contains 24 milligrams of cholesterol.
  17. One cup of whole cow milk (244 grams) contains 105 milligrams of sodium.
  18. One cup of whole cow milk (244 grams) contains 12 grams of carbohydrates.
  19. One cup of whole cow milk (244 grams) contains 12 grams of sugar.
  20. One cup of whole cow milk (244 grams) contains 8 grams of protein.
  21. One cup of whole cow milk (244 grams) contains 322 milligrams of potassium.
  22. One cup of whole cow milk (244 grams) contains 7% of the Daily Value for vitamin A.
  23. One cup of whole cow milk (244 grams) contains 27% of the Daily Value for calcium.
  24. One cup of whole cow milk (244 grams) contains 31% of the Daily Value for vitamin D.
  25. One cup of whole cow milk (244 grams) contains 18% of the Daily Value for cobalamin.
  26. One cup of whole cow milk (244 grams) contains 5% of the Daily Value for vitamin b-6.
  27. One cup of whole cow milk (244 grams) contains 6% of the Daily Value for magnesium.
  28. Chocolate milk is milk that has been mixed with liquid chocolate, giving it a brown-blackish appearance.
  29. Strawberry milk is milk that has been mixed with liquid strawberries, giving it a red-pinkish appearance.

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