Recipes — Why Dairy Makes Sense
- Nutrient-rich dairy foods delivery more bang for your buck
Dairy foods continue to make sense when it comes to nutritional and economical value. Consumers can bank on the basics when they select nutrient-rich dairy foods, such as milk, cheese or yogurt, because these foods deliver incomparable nutrition, value and taste.
The 2010 Dietary Guidelines for Americans recommends three daily servings of low-fat and fat-free milk and milk products for those ages nine and older. On average, Americans are currently consuming about two dairy servings a day. Adding one more serving of dairy can help fill some of America's nutrient gaps. For example, milk and cheese are the leading sources of calcium in the diet.
Dare to compare Dairy's Nutritional Value:
- It takes 3 cups of cooked broccoli to equal the calcium in 1 cup of milk
- An 8-ounce serving of low-fat plain yogurt contains 490 milligrams of potassium; about the same as a banana.
- An ounce of hard cheese (like cheddar) contains 8 grains of protein; an egg contains 6 grams.
Dollar for Dollar, Dairy Delivers. Celebrate June Dairy Month by trying one of these recipes featuring delicious dairy foods.
Learn more about June Dairy Month and the nutritional value of dairy from the Midwest Dairy Council.