Dairy and Your Health

Together, low-fat and fat-free milk, cheese, and yogurt provide a unique package of nine essential nutrients, including calcium, potassium, phosphorus, protein, vitamins A, D and B12, riboflavin, and niacin (niacin equivalents).

The 2015-2020 Dietary Guidelines for Americans (DGA) recognize that moderate evidence shows that milk and milk products are linked to improved bone health (especially in children and teens) and a reduced risk of cardiovascular disease and type 2 diabetes, as well as lower blood pressure in adults. 

Dairy’s health benefits are supported by a robust body of science that continues to grow. Find up-to-date dairy nutrition facts based on the latest research and educational materials on a variety of topics. 

  • Dairy & Plant-Based Diets

    As Americans look to improve their diet, many are seeking plant-based or plant forward diets. Learn more about dairy's essential role in plant-based eating.

    Dairy and plant-based eating
  • Dairy & Diabetes

    A 2016 review concluded that high-to moderate-quality evidence indicates dairy foods are associated with a lower risk for Type 2 diabetes.

    Dairy and Diabetes
  • Lactose Intolerance

    There are solutions available to help most people with lactose intolerance enjoy dairy foods and meet nutrient needs.

    Dairy and Lactose Intolerance
  • Sports Nutrition

    From bone building to muscle strengthening, the nutrients in milk provide a variety of positive health benefits.

    Dairy’s Role in Sports Nutrition
  • Bone Health

    It’s never too early, or too late, to make bone health a priority.

    Dairy and Bone Health
  • Dairy & Heart Health

    Learn more about dairy’s role in a heart-healthy diet.

    Dairy and Heart Health

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