Dairy products provide the body with several benefits, including maintenance of bone mass, reduced risk of bone disease and provision of important nutrients such as calcium and potassium. Milk, one of the most commonly-consumed dairy products, is a well-rounded beverage with healthy amounts of protein, carbohydrates and fat.
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On average, one cup of 2 percent milk contains 122 calories. This is lower than many fruit juices.
One cup of 2 percent milk has just over 8 grams of protein. This protein supports your immune system and aids in muscle growth.
There are 11.7 grams of carbohydrates in one cup of 2 percent milk. These carbs provide energy and serve as fuel for your muscles.
One cup of 2 percent milk contains a total of 4.8 grams of fat. Saturated fat takes up 3.1 grams of the 4.8, leaving a small amount of healthy monounsaturated and polyunsaturated fat.
In addition to the basic macronutrients provided, 2 percent milk also contains 293 milligrams of calcium and 224 milligrams of phosphorus -- two minerals that help make up healthy bone tissue.