Dairy and Your Health

Milk packs in 13 essential nutrients in every serving, including, protein, zinc, selenium, vitamin A and vitamin D, which contribute to healthy immune function. Dairy foods like cheese and yogurt also provide high-quality protein, calcium, vitamin A and B vitamins.

The Dietary Guidelines for Americans (DGAs) 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. 

  • 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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