Milk, cheese, yogurt and other dairy products are an important part of a balanced diet and may provide a variety of health benefits. Milk alone has nine essential nutrients — calcium, potassium, protein, vitamin A, vitamin D, vitamin b12, niacin, phosphorus, and riboflavin — some of which are among the nutrients that American diets lack most. Consuming the three recommended servings of low-fat and fat-free dairy products can go a long way toward getting enough of the nutrients you need.
Each of these nutrients can help your health in different ways. For example, the calcium and vitamin D that milk, cheese and yogurt are most well-known for can help promote strong bones, and potassium can help maintain healthy blood pressure. Yogurt also contains probiotics that can contribute to gut health and immune strength.
As always, it’s best to speak to your doctor to determine how to make dairy a healthy part of your diet. Rest assured, whatever your plan may be, it will be delicious.
According to the Dairy Alliance, 98 percent of dairy farms are family owned. Furthermore, the farms that supply the milk are often only a couple hours away from your home. That means when you enjoy dairy products you can also enjoy the fact that you’re helping support local families and the economy of small communities throughout your area.
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