Dairy Food Facts

Dairy foods bring a burst of flavors and textures that have been loved for ages. Think creamy cheeses, wholesome yogurts, and refreshing milk, all staples in most American households. But it’s not just about taste—dairy packs a punch with essential nutrients like calcium, protein, and vitamin D. Get ready to dive into the awesome world of dairy and discover some cool facts that show just how versatile and nutritious these foods are! 

13 Essential Nutrients

Dairy milk is a nutritious food containing 13 essential nutrients important for growth and development. People of all ages can benefit from consuming dairy products like milk, yogurt, and cheese as part of a healthy diet. Milk, in particular, is rich in calcium, vitamin D, and potassium, which are often lacking in American diets. The Dietary Guidelines recommend daily consumption of dairy for various age groups to support bone health and overall well-being. 

Health Benefits of Dairy

Optimize your overall wellness with a variety of delicious dairy products like milk, cheese and yogurt.

Dairy as Sustainable Nutrition

Dairy promotes all dimensions of an individuals health and well-being through the intersection of agriculture, food production and nutrition. Dairy foods are accessable, have low environmental pressures and contain the nutrients required for present and future generations.

Rehydrate & Refuel

Milk hydrates you more effectively than water, thanks to its natural carbohydrates, carbohydrates and essential nutrients that help replenish electrolytes. Not only that, the protein in dairy foods can help to refuel your energy and support muscle recovery.

Low & No Lactose Dairy Foods

Everyone tolerates lactose differently. The good news is there are a variety of lactose-free and lower-lactose choices that deliver on taste and nutrition.

Quality & Safety

Healthy, happy cows produce the best quality milk. Processed milk must meet stringent criteria, including limits on microorganisms, somatic cell counts and other specific contaminants, as well as ensure the absence of veterinary drug residues. In Oregon, our milk is ranked 7th in the country for quality.

Learn how to keep your dairy foods safe.