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Have milk, Maas and Yoghurt every day

Have milk, maas and yoghurt

Milk, maas or yoghurt intake every day will reduce current nutrient gaps in the diets of most South Africans, and protect against chronic diseases in the future.

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Nutrient Components of Dairy

Nutrient Components of Dairy

As one of the core food groups, dairy plays a key role in a balanced diet. Dairy products are convenient, cost effective, tasty and contain nine essential nutrients.

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Calcium – The Essential Mineral

Calcium - The essential Mineral

Calcium is a mineral element that is essential for the body. It is one of the key elements for building the skeleton and maintaining bone mass throughout life. Dairy is a source of calcium.

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Calcium Recommendations

Calcium Recommendations

Calcium is classically associated with dairy products. Milk, yoghurt and cheese are sources of calcium , providing the major portion of calcium from foods. Find information on the sources of calcium and their bioavailability.

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Dairy for Skeletal Health

Dairy for Skeletal Health

In childhood and adolescence, bone development and peak bone mass and stature are determined by dairy intake and the nutrients in dairy. The nutrients are all bioavailable and occur in optimal proportions in dairy.

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The Role of Dairy in Diabetes

The Role of Dairy in Diabetes

The role of dairy consumption in managing diabetes has received considerable attention. The daily intake of dairy products, especially low-fat options, significantly reduces the risk of developing diabetes.

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Dairy and Hypertension

Dairy and Hypertension

In view of the high prevalence and major implications of hypertension, attempts to decrease blood pressure are justified. Research has shown clear benefits of low-fat dairy consumption on blood pressure.

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The Fats in Dairy 

The Fats in Dairy

Milk and other dairy products can be eaten every day as recommended by the SA Food Based Dietary Guidelines, without increased risk of cardiovascular disease and possibly even fulfilling a cardio-protective role.

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Weight Management with Dairy

Weight Management with Dairy

The health-promoting effects of dairy as part of a diet in line with the Food Based Dietary guidelines are undisputed. Research indicated the mix of nutrients found in dairy products may play an  important role in weight management.

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Dairy allergies and Lactose Intolerance

Dairy Allergies and Lactose Intolerance

Research shows that people with self-perceived lactose intolerance may be at risk of poor bone health and higher rates of diabetes and hypertension because of lower calcium intakes.

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Milk Protein

Milk Protein

Milk protein has more functions than previously known. The quality of milk protein is higher than previously estimated. Functions of dairy protein beyond the provision of amino acids and organic nitrogen are discovered.

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Sarcopenia and Dairy

Sarcopenia and Dairy

The anabolic effect of milk may be an effective, practical and cost-effective way for maintenance of muscle mass and strength in the healthy elderly and fast recovery in the frail and malnourished elderly.

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Dairy vs Calcium Supplements

Dairy s Calcium Supplements

Consumption of calcium-rich foods, specifically dairy, is the preferred manner to achieve optimal calcium intakes. Calcium supplements should be an addition to and not a substitute for foods naturally containing calcium.

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3 A Day Dairy and Fat Content of Milk

3 A Day Dairy and Fat content of Milk

To enjoy the health benefits of dairy, three servings are recommended as part of a daily diet. Consumers often perceive milk to be higher in fat than what it actually is.

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Nutrients provided by Dairy

Nutrients provided by Dairy

Read more about the contribution of dairy products towards the RDA (Recommended Dietary Allowance) per day

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