Midwest Dairy Association

Dairy Foods

Together, low-fat and fat-free milk, cheese, and yogurt deliver a unique combination of nine essential nutrients.  Learn about these nutrient-rich dairy foods and their role in building strong bones, a healthy diet, and more.


Yogurt is an excellent source of protein, calcium and potassium, provides numerous vitamins and minerals and is relatively low in calories. It is extremely versatile and a smart choice for quick and easy meals and snacks.

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Milk, flavored or white, is packed with nine essential nutrients. And at only 25 cents per 8-ounce serving, it is a nutritional bargain. It is the number one source of calcium, potassium and vitamin D in the American diet, helping to build strong bones and teeth.

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When you consider the entire nutrient package of cheese and the vast array of cheeses available in the grocery store, including lower-fat and lower-sodium options, it is easy to see why cheese can be a nutritious choice in almost any meal plan, including DASH (Dietary Approaches to Stop Hypertension), diabetic, plant-based, vegetarian, gluten-free and low-lactose.

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