By: South Carolina Volunteer Caci Nance
Today’s consumers are more interested than ever in what they eat and where their food comes from according to Hudson Riehle, senior vice president of the National Restaurant Association’s research and knowledge group.
As a dairy farmer in South Carolina, I couldn’t be happier to hear this.
It means that consumers are asking more questions, learning about the food they consume, and choosing more wholesome and nutritious food for their family. As a mom, I strive to understand current nutrition information so I can nourish my family with the best possible food.
When shopping at the grocery store, it can sometimes be difficult to understand food labels, especially when it comes to milk. I hope to give you the tools and knowledge about milk labels so the next time you encounter a “Hormone-free” or “No Hormones Added” label on your milk container, you can make informed food decisions for your family.
Here are the facts:
There are hormones in milk. Yes, you read that correctly. Every gallon of milk you buy in the store, regardless of its label, has hormones in it. But before you run over to the fridge and dump a gallon of milk down the drain, realize that the presence of hormones in milk is not a bad thing. Here’s why:
So there you have it, facts straight from a dairy farmer. Milk continues to be one of the safest, highest-quality foods on the market today because of the strict food-safety controls and hardworking, passionate dairy farmers who strive to produce the highest-quality product possible. I encourage you to reach out to farmers in your area and find out more about your food.