Milk Composition

The role of milk in nature is to nourish and provide immunological protection for the mammalian young. Milk and honey are the only articles of diet whose sole function in nature is food. It is not surprising, therefore, that the nutritional value of milk is high.

Table 3. Composition of Milk from Different Mammalian Species (per 100 g fresh milk).

Table 4. The changing yield and composition of milk over the last two decades in Canada, as a function of breed (Canadian Dairy Information Centre,, 2010).

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