Dairy Nutrition & Vitamins | U.S. Dairy

Dairy Nutrition

From fermented foods like yogurt and cheese to milk and lactose-free milk, dairy foods can help give you the nutrients you need to keep your body going strong. See what experts are saying about the nutritional benefits of dairy foods and their contributions to health, wellness and sustainable food systems.

The variety of nutrient-rich options available from dairy foods offers something for almost everyone’s wellness and taste needs. Dairy foods like milk, cheese and yogurt provide high-quality protein, calcium, vitamin A, B vitamins and more! And, milk packs in nine essential nutrients in every serving. Research shows that healthy eating styles, which include low-fat or fat-free dairy foods, have been associated with a reduced risk of some of the most prevalent chronic diseases in the U.S.—cardiovascular disease, type 2 diabetes, overweight and obesity.

Nutrient Profile

Did you know that real cow’s milk contains a powerful punch of nutrients? Milk contains essential nutrients like high-quality proteincalcium, vitamin D and more. These nutrients help our bodies thrive. For example:

  • Protein helps build and repair muscle tissue.
  • Calcium, phosphorus and vitamin D help build and maintain strong bones and teeth.
  • Vitamin A helps keep skin and eyes healthy.

Milk also contains B vitamins, which can help your body convert food into fuel:

  • Vitamin B12
  • Riboflavin (vitamin B2)
  • Pantothenic acid (vitamin B5)
  • Niacin (vitamin B3)