Health & Wellness

Dairy Proteins (Whey & Milk)

Published nutrition research on the health and nutritional benefits of dairy proteins continues to rise each year, supporting the benefits of incorporating whey and milk proteins into the daily diet. Protein is an essential nutrient the body needs to build and maintain muscle. Notably, while all animal and most plant foods contain some amount of protein, not all proteins are created equal. Whey and milk proteins are a high quality, complete source of essential and non-essential amino acids naturally found in dairy foods.

Whey proteins stand out as one of the best sources of branched-chain amino acids (BCAA), including leucine, which has been shown to stimulate muscle protein synthesis. Whey protein contains minimal lactose and is easy to digest and absorb. Read further to discover key areas where U.S. dairy proteins can help support health and wellness and learn how to optimize protein intake with U.S. dairy proteins.

Higher protein diets

Higher Protein Diets

Discover the benefits of increased dairy protein intake across life stages.                                  

Exercise recovery

Exercise Recovery

Learn how dairy proteins are the protein of choice for athletes and sports enthusiasts.  

Healthy aging

Healthy Aging

Learn how dairy protein may help older adults and seniors mitigate the risk of age-related loss of muscle.

Protein throughout the day

Protein Throughout the Day

View why protein intake timing throughout the day matters.

Weight management

Weight Management

Explore how dairy protein can help boost satiety, the feeling of fullness.                                   

Dairy protein research

Dairy Protein Research

Stay current on the latest published nutrition science on dairy proteins.                     

Asian Congress of Nutrition

The U.S. Dairy Export Council is proud to be a bronze sponsor of the 12th Asian Congress of Nutrition, held in Yokohama, Japan May 14-18, 2015. Download materials distributed at ACN2015 highlighting the nutritional power of whey and milk proteins here. Or, please peruse further resources on the multifaceted health and nutritional benefits of U.S. dairy proteins below.