Science & Research

Dairy and health: Sports nutrition

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Science supports the benefits of protein for athletes, for body composition and exercise recovery. In fact, research shows that flavored milk after exercise is an effective way to help the body refuel, recover and rehydrate after intense exercise.
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Science for sports nutrition

More Americans are exercising today than 10 years ago. In fact, they are putting in more than 1 billion additional hours of exercise each year, compared with 2003. Nutrition research connects dairy to benefits for these active populations.

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Protein messaging

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Protein Throughout the Day
From helping to curb hunger to helping with weight management, protein is an essential nutrient the body uses throughout the day. Tips for getting more protein throughout the day are presented, as well as frequently asked questions.
Milk/flavored milk for post-exercise nutrition: reference guide
Milk provides key nutrients — including high-quality protein, carbohydrates, fluid, electrolytes, vitamins and minerals — that an active body needs to refuel. Nutrition-labeling terms and requirements for developing messages for milk and flavored milk as a post-exercise beverage are presented.
Milk/flavored milk for post-exercise nutrition: scientific backgrounder
Scientific support for developing messages for milk, including flavored milk, as a post-exercise beverage is summarized.
Whey protein and muscle benefits: reference guide
Whey protein, a high-quality protein naturally found in dairy, can enhance the benefits of exercise. Nutrition-labeling terms and requirements for statements about whey protein and muscle benefits are presented.
Whey protein and muscle benefits: scientific backgrounder
Scientific support for statements about whey protein and muscle benefits is provided.