Dairy Nutrition

Dairy is a nutrient-rich option, packing in nine essential nutrients. It's also an excellent source of protein. Studies show that three daily servings of low-fat or fat-free dairy foods improve overall diet quality and reduce the risk of various chronic diseases.

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Benefits of Dairy

Studies indicate dairy foods may contribute to lower blood pressure  and reduce the risk for cardiovascular disease and Type 2 Diabetes. More specifically, research shows the low-fat Dietary Approaches to Stop Hypertension (DASH) eating plan—which emphasizes dairy, fruit, vegetables and whole grains and is supported by the Dietary Guidelines for Americans—may help manage blood pressure.

Power of Protein

Dairy foods are a delicious, wholesome source of protein. Whether you choose white milk, chocolate milk, cheese, cottage cheese, yogurt or Greek-style yogurt — all contain high-quality protein to help fuel us through the day.

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Lactose Intolerance

Lactose intolerance is a condition in which the body cannot breakdown lactose, the natural sugar found in milk and other dairy products. It can be characterized by various symptoms that may occur after consuming dairy, such as abdominal pain, bloating, flatulence and/or diarrhea.

Lactose intolerance is a very individualized condition, meaning people affected by it can tolerate different amounts of lactose. People don’t have to miss out on the great taste and health benefits of low-fat and fat-free dairy foods, because there are many options available containing varying amounts of lactose, and some that are even lactose-free. Rather than choosing non-dairy alternatives that don’t measure up to dairy in terms of taste or nutrition, there are simple tips a person can follow to enjoy their favorite dairy foods while managing their lactose intolerance.

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Bone Health

Bones are more than the framework that make up our bodies; they also protect organs and support muscles and tissue. Bones can better perform these functions when they are strong.

Dairy products like milk, cheese and yogurt provide nutrients to help build strong bones and healthy bodies.

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Pediatrician Toolkit

Resources for your patients on the role dairy plays in a healthy diet for children.

Physician Tookit

Resources on dairy’s role in the diet of children and research-based information on dairy’s sustainable nutrition and health benefits.

Milk’s Nine Nutrients

Milk benefits the body in many ways.     

DASH Eating Plan

DASH is flexible and encourages variety.

Dairy and Health Research

Here’s a summary of research on dairy’s nourishing and nutritious benefits.