Milk FAQ

What is BST in milk?
 Bovine somatotropin (BST) also known as bovine growth hormone or BGH, is a protein hormone produced naturally in cows. It helps young calves grow and adult cows produce milk. Recombinant BST or rBST is physiologically the same as naturally occurring BST. It can be used to supplement a cow’s natural BST.

Do dairy foods and ingredients contain trans fat?
 Yes. But the level of trans fat in dairy foods and dairy ingredients is naturally very low. In virtually all dairy products, the amount per serving is less than the labeling threshold recently set by the Food and Drug Administration, which is 0.5 grams per serving. In product formulations using dairy ingredients, total trans fat will depend on the percentage of dairy ingredients in the formula, serving size and the trans fat contribution from all ingredients.

Can consuming dairy help people lose weight?
Yes. Enjoying 3-A-Day of Dairy – three servings of milk, cheese or yogurt each day — as part of a reduced-calorie weight-loss plan can help people lose more weight by burning more fat than just by cutting calories alone.</p>
In fact, a study published in Obesity Research showed that people on a reduced-calorie diet who consumed three servings of milk, cheese or yogurt each day lost significantly more weight and more body fat than those who just cut calories while consuming little or no dairy.

This research also indicates that including three daily servings of milk, cheese or yogurt in a reduced-calorie diet may help people lose more inches in the abdominal region and more total body-fat compared to a reduced-calorie diet low in dairy products.

The mix of nutrients found in dairy foods, especially calcium, may be responsible for helping the body break down and burn fat.


Milk & Dairy Facts:

What is BST in milk?
Milk is an amazing beverage. Human children routinely live on nothing but mother’s milk for six months to a year, and many go as long as two years. When you consider that a two-year-old kid can walk, talk, argue with you, etc., that’s a pretty long period of time to go without ever touching solid food! [more]

Nutrition and benefits of milk
For many years, California has maintained standards for fluid milk that meet or exceed the federal standards. This has been accomplished through the fortification of milk with non-fat milk solids, which offers improved taste in addition to nutritional benefits. [DCC]

California’s milk standards
Milk standards in California exceed federal standards because California processors add nonfat milk solids which offer improved taste and nutritional benefits. California milks also exceed the federal guidelines for the amounts of calcium and protein in each serving.

Milk myth busters
A few common myths about milk and dairy foods. [DCC]

What’s in the milk group?
All fluid milk products and many foods made from milk are considered part of this food group. Foods made from milk that retain their calcium content are part of the group, while foods made from milk that have little to no calcium, such as cream cheese, cream, and butter, are not. Most milk group choices should be fat-free or low-fat. [USDA]

Real California milk
California became the nation’s leading milk-producing state in 1993 and has led the country in total milk production ever since. Milk is a rich source of both calcium and vitamin D, important nutrients for all age groups. [CMAB]


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