June is National Dairy Month
According to the International Dairy Foods Association, National Dairy Month started out as National Milk Month in 1937. The holiday was created to stabilize the dairy demand when production was at a surplus. After the National Dairy council stepped in to promote the cause the name changed to "Dairy month," and now it is an annual traditon that celebrates the contributions the dairy industry has made on the world.
In honor of National Dairy Month, we have a list of 12 interesting facts about dairy.
1. To make one gallon of ice cream you need 12 lbs. of whole milk.
2. To make one pound of butter you need 21.2 lbs. of whole milk.
3. To make one pound of cheese you need 10 lbs of milk.
4. Each day the average cow can produce enough milk to fill six one-gallon jugs, which is equal to around 55 lbs. of milk.
5. The natural yellow color of butter comes mainly from the beta-carotene found in the grass cows eat.
6. One dairy cow can produce around 200,000 glasses of milk in her lifetime. In order to make milk, cows need to drink a lot of water. Daily, cows drink up to 50 gallons of water. That is close to the amount of water needed to fill a bathtub.
7. Though there are many types of cows there are two types of milk cows that are used "most" of the time for milk, Jerseys and Holsteins. Jerseys are the brown cows. They give less milk but more cream. Holsteins are the black and white cows. They give a lot of milk.
8. Milk has 9 essential nutrients that our bodies need to stay healthy: Calcium, Niacin, Phosphorus, Potassium, Protein, Riboflavin, Vitamin A, Vitamin D, Vitamin B12.
9. According to the USDA, diets that provide 3 cups of milk (the recommended daily intake), or the equivalent of dairy products per day can improve bone mass.
10. Milk/dairy products contain casein, which is a protein that can cleanse burning taste buds. Next time your mouth is burning after eating spicy foods, take a drink of milk to cool it off.
11. The U.S. enjoys an average of 48 pints of ice cream per person, per year, more than any other coutnry. Vanilla is the favorite flavor in the U.S.
12. 99% of all U.S. households purchase milk. The average American consumes almost 25 gallons of milk a year...that's 400 glasses!
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