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Posted Jun 19 2009 5:41pm

“Dairy’s Powerful Nutrient Package Fuels Your Body, Not Just Your Bones”

Are you getting 3 servings a day of nutrient-rich dairy products?  Dairy foods contain essential nutrients – calcium, potassium, and protein to name a few – and research indicates that including dairy in your diet can reduce the risk of several diseases:

  • Osteoporosis – Dairy foods contribute the highest levels of calcium from any food group. 
  • Obesity – Many people shun dairy foods in an effort to lose weight.  But there are many low-fat, low calorie options, so feel free to include skim milk, low-fat yogurt, and reduced fat cheeses in your diet.
  • High Blood Pressure – Potassium is a key nutrient in heart health, and dairy products are encouraged in the DASH diet (Dietary Approaches to Stop Hypertension).

Be sure to visit the National Dairy Council website for more information on the health of dairy foods.

Also read this fact sheet on Dairy Myths:  Dairy Myths

And don’t forget the kids!  Milk provides essential nutrients for growing children.  Children who drink milk are better nourished than children who don’t.  Check out this website to encourage children to drink milk:  http://nutritionexplorations.org/parents/allaboutmilk.asp

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