Milk nutrition facts for World Milk Day


World Milk Day is all about celebrating the goodness in milk, and we’ve got some milk nutrition facts to do just that.

World Milk Day began in 2001 when the United Nations recognised milk as a global food and declared that June 1st would be the day to celebrate it. Since then, millions of people have celebrated milk, the farmers who produce it and the people who enjoy it in our communities, schools and homes.

Why is milk so great? 

*Sourced from New Zealand Food Composition Tables

  • It’s not just your bones that benefit from the calcium and phosphorus in milk - it also supports healthy teeth.
  • To get the same amount of calcium as one 250ml glass of full-fat milk you would have to eat:
    • 2.5 cups of boiled spinach, or
    • 6 cups of boiled broccoli, or
    • Half a cup of tinned sardines, or
    • 115g of whole almonds
  • Milk protein concentrate (extracted from whole milk) is used in a range of products in hospitals and health care facilities to help nourish and rehabilitate patients, so they can get the goodness of dairy nutrition with less volume. 
  • Milk is not only a great source of calcium. It also contains protein, phosphorous and B vitamins.
  • Did you know the protein in milk is made up of two types – whey and casein. Together these proteins provide all the essential amino acids our bodies need for our diet, making milk a high quality protein.
  • Milk is a source of several B vitamins, which help reduce tiredness and fatigue and keep our energy levels up. 
  • The New Zealand Ministry of Health recommends New Zealand adults eat at least 2 serves of dairy products every day. 

Paddy Rankin (6). Photo credit: Trish Rankin


Celebrate World Milk Day with us

Let’s all celebrate the 20th anniversary of World Milk Day. Post your photo or video on social media taking part in the #BalancedGoodness Challenge and be in to win a mini Fonterra Tanker!