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Dairy Nutrition

Science + Nutrition + Environment

Dairy products are nutritional powerhouses, and the dairy farmers that produce these delicious products do so in the most environmentally friendly way possible. Sustainable nutrition balances food’s nutritional quality and health benefits against its environmental impact.

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Health Benefits of Dairy

Dairy foods like milk are foundational foods in healthy dietary patterns. Filled with essential nutrients like vitamin A, vitamin D, calcium, protein, and more, dairy products help people get the nutrition that their bodies need. Dairy can also:

  • Support digestive health. Dairy products like yogurt are linked to better digestion and a healthy immune system.
  • Support a strong immune system, helping you feel good no matter what comes your way. Milk and other dairy products are a natural source of immune-boosting nutrients like zinc and protein.
  • Support a sense of calm. When life has you stressed, reset yourself with dairy. Its simple nutrition is good for your body and mind.
  • Support sustainable energy. Milk helps you fuel up without the caffeine crash. It’s a simple, easy source of protein when you need to stay energized.
  • Support the environment. Dairy is good for you and is made with care for the planet. From the farm to your fridge, the US dairy industry is taking steps to reduce food waste and greenhouse gas emissions.
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Lactose Intolerance

Those who are lactose intolerant do not have to give up the goodness of dairy.



Protein comes in a variety of forms, but not all are created equally!


Bone Health

To build and maintain strong bones throughout your whole life, enjoy dairy!


Dairy and Athletes

Athletes searching for a natural recovery drink should look no further than milk.


Nourishing People, Animals, and the Land

People understandably want to know where their food comes from and its impact on the environment. Not only do dairy foods nourish people and communities, but they are produced by farmers who are mindful of the planet. Dairy farmers are committed to producing better food through responsible practices. Discover how dairy farmers are committed to a cleaner future for all.

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Thirteen Ways Milk Can Help Your Body

According to the USDA FoodData Central, one serving of milk contains many of the vitamins and minerals your body needs, including:

  • 25% of daily calcium
  • 16% daily protein
  • 15% daily vitamin D
  • 20% daily phosphorus
  • 15% daily vitamin A
  • 30% daily riboflavin
  • 50% daily vitamin B12
  • 20% daily pantothenic acid
  • 15% daily niacin
  • 10% daily zinc
  • 10% daily selenium
  • 60% daily iodine
  • 10% daily potassium
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