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From flavored milk to milk protein, learn about the latest resources and research relating to one of America’s favorite beverages.

Resources

More than 17 million gallons of milk are consumed in the United States each day.1 And Mom does know best. Milk provides a unique package of nine essential nutrients for growing children and teens, including protein, calcium, vitamin D and potassium. Lifelong dairy consumption helps to sustain and enrich a healthy lifestyle.

An 8-ounce serving of milk provides good to excellent sources of nine essential nutrients. Low-fat and fat-free milk are nutrient-dense options providing essential nutrients with only 102 calories or less per serving. Foods rich in nutrients with relatively few calories are part of building a healthier diet and dairy foods can be an integral part of this approach.
Child taking a glass of milk

Research

Milk ingredients represent an important area of research for domestic and export markets. In 2007, more than 256 million pounds of imported ingredients (milk protein concentrate and caseinate on a protein basis) were imported into the United States.

Existing and emerging milk ingredients and fractions have many food and beverage applications. Fractionation of dairy proteins can be considered value-added processing that improves the functionality and broadens the use of dairy proteins as ingredients. An area of active research is to understand the processing variables impacting the quality of these products.
Woman drinking a glass of milk

1National Milk Producers Federation. October 2013. Dairy Data Highlights. (source data USDA Economic Research Services)