Here are 25 interesting facts about milk.

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1. An 80-year-old woman was killed in a Brazilian clinic when a student nurse accidentally administered coffee and milk through her IV line. – Source

2. 28 US states have an official state beverage. 21 of those 28 chose milk. Alabama chose whiskey. – Source

3. Lactase Persistence, the ability of humans to digest milk as an adult, is only common among Europeans and those of European ancestry, as a unique mutation. Most of the global population, including 90% of Asians and 100% of Native Americans, have some degree of lactose intolerance. – Source

4. Farmers who called their cows by name reported 258 liters higher milk yield than those who did not. – Source

5. Al Capone, an American gangster was responsible for expiration dates on milk bottles. – Source


6. Putting a frog in the milk bucket was an ancient Russian way of keeping milk from going sour. By studying this method, scientists have identified a wealth of new antibiotic substances. – Source

7. As a result of Breyers adding excessive amounts of additives in their ice cream to cut costs, Canada has determined their product no longer contains enough milk and cream to meet labeling requirements for ice cream, and must be labeled “Frozen Dairy Dessert”, or “Frozen Dessert.” – Source

8. Platypus have no nipples, and milk simply flows from their skin. – Source

9. Whale’s milk has 30-50% fat content and is often referred to as having a toothpaste like consistency. – Source

10. Freckles, a goat in Utah, was implanted with spider genes as an embryo to produce spider silk proteins in her milk which is used to make “Biosteel,” a material stronger than kevlar. – Source

11. Historically, milk is added to the tea and it was a sign of wealth when someone added their milk afterward, as pouring tea with low-quality porcelain would break the cup. – Source

12. Brian Jacques wrote the Redwall series for the children at the Royal Wavertree School for the Blind in Liverpool, where he delivered milk as a truck driver. – Source

13. People who drink whole milk are less likely to be fat than those who drink low-fat milk. – Source

14. Former King of Sweden, Adolf Frederick, died after eating a meal consisting of lobster, caviar, sauerkraut, kippers and champagne, which was topped off with 14 servings of semla served in a bowl of hot milk. He is remembered as “the king who ate himself to death.” – Source

15. Milk can be used for creating a type of plastic that is odorless, biodegradable, antistatic, insoluble in water and virtually nonflammable. – Source

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16. Companies use Elmer’s Glue as milk in cereal commercials so the cereal won’t look soggy, and so they can strategically place the cereal in the bowl. – Source

17. Breast milk contains substances which are not digestible by human infants, but which serve as food for desirable gut bacteria. – Source

18. The 1960s Batman with Adam West was known for its morals and lessons, which included the importance of seat belts, homework, eating vegetables, and drinking milk. – Source

19. Milk protein is used in the manufacturing of latex, which means most condoms have milk protein in them. – Source

20. Until 11,000 years ago milk was toxic to humans. The only way we could consume it was lowering the lactose levels by turning it into cheese. – Source

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21. In Canada, it is illegal to give artificial hormones to cow to increase it’s milk production. – Source

22. Tofu is just “cheese” made from soy milk (whereas regular cheese is made from animal milk) – Source

23. Out of 70 missing children whose photos were publicized on milk cartons in America, only one was found alive. – Source

24. 65% of the milk consumption worldwide is from goat’s milk. – Source

25. Milk Duds were originally supposed to be perfectly round. Since making them perfectly round was found to be impossible, the pieces became known as “duds”, and the name stuck. – Source


26. Sardinian Cheese is illegal since the cheese is made from goats milk that is fermented in a newborn baby goat’s stomach. The baby goat is killed, it’s milk filled stomach is then hung up for months while the milk hardens into cheese, and then served with a knife. – Source

27. It is Illegal in Pennsylvania to use milk crates for anything other than milk and unauthorized use of milk crates can induce a fine of $300 or imprisonment up to 90 days. – Source

28. In 2003, Monsanto(Agrochemical company) sued a milk producer for advertising hormone-free milk – Source

29. A bite from a common tick can cause a permanent anaphylactic meat and milk allergy in people. – Source

30. Adult cats do not produce lactase, the enzyme needed to digest lactose, so you should NOT feed an adult cat a saucer of milk. – Source

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Last Update: June 21, 2023

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