Midwest Dairy Association


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.  Drinking low-fat or fat-free white or flavored milk helps kids get the three daily servings* of milk recommended by the 2010 Dietary Guidelines for Americans (DGA).  According to the DGA, individuals who consume milk at an early age are more likely to do so as adults, so it is especially important to establish in young children the habit of drinking milk.  Drinking milk also benefits active individuals, which makes it a smart choice among sports nutrition beverages.

*Daily Recommendations: Three cups of low-fat and fat-free milk or equivalent milk products for those nine years of age and older and two cups of low-fat and fat-free milk or equivalent milk products for children two to eight years old.

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Additional Resources

Re-Think Your Drink

When it comes to nutrition, other beverage choices don’t even come close to milk. Check out how some popular beverages stack up nutritionally to milk – the nutrient power house.

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Milk’s Unique Nutrient Package

Fact sheet study aid to illustrate milk’s unique nutrient package.

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Milk: Nutrient Power House

Milk is nature’s multivitamin! See how many beans, almonds, eggs and more you’d have to eat, just to match the nutrients in one 8-ounce glass of low-fat milk.

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The Science of Milk

“The Science of Milk” video, featuring Dr. Lloyd Metzger, PhD, professor, South Dakota State University. Runtime: 3 minutes.