Health & Nutrition

 

Dairy products are a key component to a healthy diet. Milk, cheese and yogurt contain calcium, protein, vitamin D and other essential nutrients. Review the science and the facts behind current diet recommendations. Every consumer needs to check the facts and eat three servings of dairy every day.

 

Uncovering the Facts about Dairy Imitators

Cow's milk has always been the gold standard as a nutrient-rich beverage. Recently, there have been several other non-dairy options available including soy, rice, almond, and hemp beverages. More importantly, consumers have raised questions on how these beverages compare to cow's milk.
 
You can still enjoy dairy if you are lactose intolerant. There are several strategies to manage lactose intolerance which include dairy in your diet. Focusing on foods to consume rather than those to avoid can help both children and adults meet nutritional recommendations and achieve the best overall health.
 
Cheese is a concentrated source of the nutrients found in milk. It is an excellent source of dietary calcium for adults, a key nutrient for building strong bones and teeth and preventing osteoporosis.
 
Milk, cheese and yogurt are nutrient-rich foods. Dairy products contribute a significant amount of nutrients to the diet. The calcium in dairy foods plays a major role in bone health, a top priority for staying strong and reducing the risk of broken bones and osteoporosis.
 
Consuming nutrient-rich foods is an excellent way to get the most nutrition for the calories. Focusing on foods and beverages rich in vitamins, minerals and other important nutrients rather than foods and nutrients to avoid, can help both children and adults meet nutritional recommendations, maintain a healthy weight and help achieve better overall health.
 
Encouraging kids to consume at least three servings a day of low-fat or fat-free milk, cheese or yogurt is an easy way to help them build and maintain strong, healthy bones and teeth. This is especially important during the ages of 9-18 when bones are growing their fastest. Calcium is the key nutrient responsible for building strong bones, and there is no better food source available than dairy foods.
 
Vitamin D plays a key role in bone health. Vitamin D helps the body absorb calcium and phosphorus into bones and teeth, regulates how much calcium remains in blood, supports the strength of the immune system and helps regulate cell growth. Milk, some cheese and some yogurts are fortified with Vitamin D and are nutrient-rich food sources of Vitamin D.
 
Organic or conventional milk are choices for the consumer at the dairy case. Stringent government standards for all milk production ensures that the US milk supply is safe, wholesome and nutritious. Organic milk has no scientifically proven health advantage over conventional milk and both products can be part of the three servings of dairy needed every day for good health.