Health Benefits of Dairy Products

Health Benefits of Dairy Products

Many of us take dairy products for granted or don’t consume them at all. Around the 1950’s many health advisors did not think milk was really important once we had reached our growth potential and many childbearing women had given milk up completely, as it was considered “too many calories” except when they were pregnant. Today, much more is known about dairy products that make them very acceptable as a known “Meal Component” for all ages, children for sure, and adults at all ages.

June is Dairy Month and we’re looking at the health benefits of dairy products, specifically the nutritional components and age recommendations for dairy.

Much of this information has come from years of research and study of various population groups and how they perform in continuing good health at any age; and, better yet, their ability to offset early disease states, such as, hypertension, diabetes, and yes, weight management.

Take a look at the following information from the Midwest Dairy Association, specifically the sections on 1) Dietary guidelines for various age groups; 2) What nutrients are found in our favorite dairy foods; and 3) Dairy’s Powerful Nutrition Package.

In addition, look for these favorites at your upcoming State Fairs and Festivals that feature new and tasty dairy products of cheese, yogurt, milk and flavored milk, and best of all, ice cream of all flavors.

Rita Larsen Registered Dietitian at Elite Sports Clubs

Written by Rita Larsen, RDN, CD; Elite Sports Clubs Nutrition Educator & Diet Counselor

Rita is certified in Positive Psychology, University of Penn; has a BS in Dietetics from Kansas State University; and an Internship and Masters at the Indiana University Medical Center.

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  • Rita Larsen says:

    I appreciate your comments and do understand that there are many issues that face the diary industry regarding diary products and their use in the general population. Midwest Dairy Association has made sevral pieces of reasearch available during the month of June. These provide new and interesting results regarding the use of dairy products in the diet, and how they best serve use for diease prevention.
    I would suggest that you use this general information as a backdrop for the larger issues that you wish to pursue. Thanks, Rita Larsen, RDN

  • Rob McDonial says:

    In addition to the fact that milk produced in the US is basically dead with the amount of pasturization and homoginization that occurs to it, there are basically no more healthy fats in it due to cows being grain fed instead of grass fed. Grass fed cows produce milk that has CLA in it. Most milk produced today does not have CLA, unless added in artificially during processing.

  • Rob McDonial says:

    My apologies, it should be "respectfully", "repeat fully".

  • Rob McDonial says:

    I'm going to repeat fully disagree with you on most aspects of your dairy post. Explain why we are the only mammals on the planet that consume dairy after infancy. Dairy's biological purpose is too fatten infants up to be able to survive lean times during the early growth stages. Without adequate nutrition during infancy, many growth related problems can and do occur.

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