Interesting Facts

Milk Factoids

Regular whole milk contains less than 4% fat. The fat in milk is actually cream – that’s why it is sometimes called full cream milk.

It’s the protein in milk that makes milk froth. Next time you go to make the perfect coffee or hot chocolate at home, try using skimmed milk. Because there is no fat, the protein levels naturally become higher.

In the UK the first sell-by dates went onto milk and cream products in the 1950s. Marks and Spencer started using them to give people confidence in the products in their chilled cabinets. People were used to finding milk and cream on their doorstep every morning, because it was traditionally delivered by the milkman.

A cow udder holds between 25 and 50 pounds of pure milk.

It is difficult to obtain enough calcium without consuming milk.

Goat milk is non-allergenic. Goat milk does not have the protein that is the main stimulant of allergenic reactions (B-Lactoglobulin

A cow gives milk for the first time, only after she gives birth to a calf.

A cow produces around 200,000 glasses of milk in her lifetime.

Milk not only re-hydrates the body, but provides a host of beneficial nutrients and protects teeth at the same time!

All cows are female. Male cattle are called bulls.

Dairy cows provide over 90% of the entire planet’s milk supply.

Goat’s milk contains more butterfat than cow’s milk.

Each different strain of dairy goat yields a different flavour of milk.

Goat’s milk is the primary ingredient in cheeses like feta, caprino, gevrik, and rocamadour.

During early explorations of our planet, sailing ships maintained goats aboard to provide sailors with fresh milk.

Goat’s milk breaks down during digestion in 20 minutes whereas cow milk takes a full hour.

There is more calcium in 1 cup of milk than there is in 16 cups of spinach. One will need to eat more than 48 cups of spinach to get the recommended daily intake of calcium.

Lactose intolerance is often confused with milk allergies. Lactose intolerance is not an allergic reaction to dairy foods. Rather it is the inability to digest the milk sugar lactose. Lactose-free milk and yoghurt are good alternatives to drinking milk for people that are lactose intolerant. Aged cheeses such as Cheddar and Swiss are also low in lactose. Many people with lactose intolerance can drink up to 1 glass of milk daily without problems.

Milk may actually protect against the formation of kidney stones (NHS, 1990). It was suggested that the calcium in milk may bind to oxalates in food so that they can no longer be absorbed by the body, reducing the risk of kidney stones.

New factoids are added to this site regularly. Keep tuned in for more interesting facts coming soon…….

Milk is the only drink in the world that contains such a large range of naturally occurring nutrients. That’s what makes it so unique.

The entire skeleton of a young child is replaced about every two years. That’s why a child’s demand for calcium is so high.

The first cows in Australia were 2 bulls and 7 cows from England. They arrived in 1788 with the First Fleet. There are now more than two million cows across the country.