The Consumer Education Project of Milk SA

Have Milk, Maas, or Yoghurt Every Day

Have Milk, Maas, or Yoghurt Every Day

The South African population is burdened by both under- and overnutrition, which manifests as nutritional deficiencies and increases the risk of developing chronic lifestyle diseases in future. This review describes the role of adequate daily intake of milk and other dairy products, as recommended by the South African food-based dietary guidelines, in improving nutritional quality and combatting lifestyle diseases. Research evidence points to the beneficial role of dairy-derived protein and minerals such as calcium and phosphorus in supporting optimal growth, weight management and blood pressure control and suggests that the fat composition of dairy may contribute to good health. The role of fermented dairy products such as yoghurt and maas in a healthy diet is briefly discussed. As many South Africans fail to consume the internationally recommended intake of 500 ml of milk or dairy per day, the review also offers suggestions as to how consumers can increase their daily dairy consumption.

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