The average price in New York City for a half-gallon of milk rose 1 percent while other U.S. cities saw a 2.1 percent decrease, reports the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.
From 2000 to 2010, the average price in New York rose from $1.47 to $2.06, spiking to $2.33 in 2007. That’s an 11 percent hike on milk when adjusted for inflation.
Many New York City bodegas and small stores owners say rising supplier costs and competition from supermarkets make it less cost-effective for them to stock milk.
But don’t let that deter you from buying milk.
Many experts recommend milk for its nutritional properties. They say milk deficiency can cause anemia, osteoporosis and other diseases.
Though there are many diets today which do not include dairy products, here are some reasons nutritionists recommend drinking milk:
1. Ideal source of vitamins A and B, calcium, which is good for bones.
2. Nourishes your body – keeps your skin supple.
3. Warm milk can help you sleep, since milk contains the amino acid tryptophan.
4. Neutralizes the cholesterol content in the body.
5. Protects teeth enamel surface against acidic substances.