Finding simple and interesting information on what's in food is not always easy. As a result, the UK's Dairy Council has produced The Nutritional Composition of Dairy Products, a guide to the nutritional value across a variety of foodstuffs.
The easy-to-read guide lists the calorie, calcium or protein content of more than 40 dairy-based foods including semi-skimmed milk, Cheddar cheese, take-away milkshakes, drinking yoghurt, soured cream, dairy ice cream or ready-to-eat custard.
All the nutrient information is displayed in average portion sizes, such as a 200ml glass of milk, a 30g matchbox size piece of cheese or a 150g pot of yoghurt, as well as in 100mls and per 100g.
"The tables reveal just why milk is such an important part of a healthy balanced diet - it's rich in a diverse range of essential nutrients, including many vitamins and minerals, which we need for good health," said Dairy Council nutritionist Dr Michelle McKinley, who compiled the guide.
The nutrition values in the tables are based on the analysis of samples and brands throughout the year and therefore take into account seasonal variations.