Why Should I Incorporate Dairy Products In My Diet?

As many as half of all American women and 25 percent of men older than 50 will break a bone because of osteoporosis, don’t let this be you!

Even if you consume milk and other milk products, you’re most likely still not meeting the recommended amount that you’re supposed to be getting. especially if you’re female. Adults should aim for three servings of dairy products per day.  Research suggests that dairy foods and the nutrients they provide can shield you against weak bones, high blood pressure, possibly lead to weight loss, and prevent certain cancers. Both children and adults consume too little calcium, vitamin D, potassium and dietary fiber. Dairy products can help provide you with all of these nutrients except for fiber.

Milk and other dairy products provide calcium, protein, vitamin D, phosphorus, magnesium, and potassium that work together to help build and protect bones. Population studies suggest that consuming dairy foods lowers the risk of developing high blood pressure. Dairy products also seem to help reduce the risk of colorectal cancer!

For more information: http://www.chicagotribune.com/health/sns-201210161900–tms–premhnstr–k-h20121017-20121017,0,736385.story Written by Jill Weisenberger, M.S., R.D.

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