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Dairy Council

Sports Nutrition

There is a growing body of scientific research on the role of milk and dairy foods in sport and exercise nutrition. The nutritional composition of milk – its protein, carbohydrate and electrolyte content – suggests that it would be useful as a sports drink. A number of studies have confirmed a role for milk, particularly for recovery after exercise including for effective post-exercise rehydration and muscle reconditioning and repair. More recently, the potential benefits of consuming dairy before exercise for calcium balance and bone health have also been highlighted.

For a summary of Milk & Dairy in Sport & Exercise Nutrition click here.

To highlight the latest research and its practical application, the Dairy Council organises a series of seminars for sports nutrition professionals. 

The seminars are part of the wider ‘Milk it for all it’s worth’ programme which is designed to communicate, particularly to young people, the importance of nutrition for sport and a healthy, active lifestyle.

The latest ‘Milk It’ seminar took place on the 8th November 2023 - more details here.