Milk is “Dairy”, but Cream is not?

If you look at the USDA “Dairy” Food Group, you will see that not all milk products are listed as “Dairy”.

Huh?? Why?? Why is Cream not dairy?

And wait–Why is Ice Cream considered “Dairy”?

Butter is not?? Cream cheese is not?

Don’t they all come from the same thing??

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They DO all come from the same thing–MILK. But the USDA only considers a food part of the “Dairy” group IF it is made from milk AND retains its CALCIUM content.

Foods like cream are primarily fat, so there is no significant calcium content. Same with butter. Cream cheese is also a lot of fat and water, so the calcium content is very low.

By the USDA Food Group definition, Butter is NOT a part of the "Dairy" group since it contains no Calcium.
By the USDA Food Groups definition, Butter is NOT a part of the “Dairy” group since it contains no Calcium.

Fascinating!!!

So next time you are trying to get your daily servings of dairy, do your research, and remember that not all milk products are considered “dairy!”

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