Milk Facts and Health Benefits

Milk offers nutrients and benefits to help you achieve your wellness goals. Get a glassful of information on milk and all its benefits.

A handful of the many benefits to be gained from drinking milk include strong bones and increased muscle mass. A glass of milk can be an excellent source of high quality protein, many vitamins and minerals.

The Health Benefits of Milk's Nutrients

Creamy, cool milk is a nutrient-rich—and tasty—choice that is important to a healthy and balanced diet. Just one serving of milk provides 13 essential nutrients. In addition to its well-known calcium and vitamin D for bone health, milk offers many other beneficial nutrients. It has high-quality protein that helps build and repair muscles, its B vitamins contribute to healthy metabolism and energy, it provides immune-supporting zinc, selenium and vitamins A and D, it's an excellent source of iodine to support baby's brain development during pregnancy, and it offers a good source of heart-healthy potassium—all in one glass!

Two bottles of milk with straws

The variety of types of milk products available in the dairy case or even on the shelf means you can rely on milk’s versatility to benefit your health and delight your palate day after day. From whole milk and low-fat or fat-free options to evaporated and condensed milk, there’s a possibility for every type of dish. Don’t forget lactose-free milk. (And, of course, there’s always that all-time favorite: chocolate milk.)

Milk is enjoyed all over the world not only for its taste and nutrition, but for its economic value. Penny for penny, it’s hard to match the nutritional return milk provides for American families.

There are countless ways to add milk’s nutritious benefits to your diet. Check out our recipes and see for yourself!