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Dairy Council

Milk + Sport

Our ‘Milk it for all it’s worth’ programme communicates about the importance of good nutrition for sport and for a healthy, active lifestyle including the part milk can play.

Milk and dairy foods are natural sources of several key nutrients needed to help achieve sports and exercise nutrition goals and can make a valuable contribution to a healthy, balanced diet for active people.

  • Affordable

  • Versatile 

  • Tasty

  • Accessible

  • Convenient

‘Milking it’ after exercise

Drinking milk can be a great choice following exercise.

The fluid and the electrolytes in milk, such as potassium, can help restore fluid balance. And milk’s high-quality protein contributes to muscle growth and maintenance.

Nutrition and health professionals can read more about the science of milk for sport and exercise nutrition here

Fluid

87% WATER

Protein

WHEY & CASEIN

Electrolytes

POTASSIUM & SODIUM

Fluid

87% WATER

Protein

WHEY & CASEIN

Electrolytes

POTASSIUM & SODIUM

Milk it - the matrix of nutrients in milk contribute to normal:

  • Bone development
    & maintenance


    Calcium
    Protein
    Phosphorus

  • Muscle growth
    & function


    Calcium
    Protein
    Phosphorus
    Potassium

  • Release of energy
    from food


    Calcium
    Iodine
    Phosphorus
    Vitamin B2
    Vitamin B12

  • Nerve
    function


    Calcium
    Potassium
    Vitamin B12
    Iodine

Milk It Seminars

The Dairy Council organises a series of seminars for sports nutrition professionals. These highlight the latest sports and exercise nutrition research and its practical application, including the science behind the role of milk in sport.

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Milk It Sports Nutrition Award

The Dairy Council’s Sports Nutrition Award is given to the Ulster University student who receives the highest mark in their MSc in Sports and Exercise Nutrition. 

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Food for football

Whether you're a top-class footballer or just enjoy a kick-about in the park, the right diet can help you get the most out of your sport. Food for Football is a guide to what to eat and drink, and when.

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