The Consumer Education Project of Milk SA

Dairy as Part of the South African Food-based Dietary Guidelines

Dairy as Part of the South African Food-based Dietary Guidelines

The original South African food-based dietary guidelines (FBDGs) were revised in 2013 to keep pace with changes in dietary trends, socioeconomic conditions and disease patterns. A striking addition to the revised version is the guideline that specifically recommends the daily intake of milk, maas or yoghurt, in recognition of the health and nutrition benefits of dairy in the South African context. Research shows that regular intake of dairy can help to reduce the risk of several lifestyle diseases prevalent among the South African population, such as high blood pressure, heart disease, overweight and obesity, and diabetes. In addition, regular dairy intake can help to combat nutritional deficiencies seen in many South Africans’ diets. The review describes how the FBDGs, and specifically the recommendation to ‘have milk, maas or yoghurt every day’, can help dietitians to offer their clients an attainable route to preventing lifestyle diseases and improving nutritional quality.

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