Is Dairy Bad for You?

February 06, 2017

There’s a lot of information out there, so it can be difficult to know what to believe when it comes to the food we eat.

That’s why we connected with our colleagues at National Dairy Council to learn more about the positive role dairy plays in our lives – and to learn more about the research that supports this.

First and foremost, dairy foods like milk, cheese and yogurt each contain nutrients your body needs. (Click on those links to learn more about each one!)

Together dairy foods offer a powerhouse of nutrients in an affordable package. For example, one glass of milk has the same amount of potassium as a small banana, the same amount of calcium as 10 cups of raw spinach and more – here’s another way to think of it: Enjoying three glasses of milk each day provides the nutrient equivalent of all these other foods.

Not only would you get the nutrients your body needs, but it can help in other ways, too. For example:

  • Enjoying three servings of dairy a day is connected to heart health, that is, a reduced risk for cardiovascular disease and stroke.
  • Research shows dairy may also play a role in managing Type 2 diabetes.
  • Even if you live with lactose intolerance, there are still ways to keep dairy in your diet. Find some helpful hints here.

Looking for more information on other related topics? Check out our list of common questions and answers


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