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Benefits Of Dairy Nutrients


The calcium obtained from three servings of dairy have many other health benefits

shutterstock_56991715Dairy allergies and lactose intolerance

Lactose intolerance is a well-known term and refers to the lack of sufficient lactase enzyme in the body to break down the sugar in milk (lactose) and other dairy products. The term ‘lactose intolerant’ is often misunderstood and incorrectly treated by avoiding milk and other dairy products. The fact is that milk and other dairy product can be part of the daily diet of lactose intolerant people, enabling them to enjoy the benefits of the nutritional advantages of dairy products such as the high quality protein, B vitamins and calcium. Read more

Did you know

  • The fat content of full-cream milk is less than that of many other popular foods.
  • Yoghurt is a convenient and tasty on-the-go snack.  Yoghurt contains good bacteria which aids digestion.
  • Amasi is made from milk that is fermented with good bacteria, giving it a special taste enjoyed by many South Africans.
  • Hard and semi-hard cheese is an alternative source of protein.

Dairy and sport

There are excellent reasons why athletes can turn to dairy products to build muscle and assist in the recovery after strenuous exercise. Read more

The role of dairy in diabetes

The prevalence of Diabetes Mellitus (DM) in South Africa is alarmingly high with nearly 10% of the population suffering from the condition. Every effort should be made to curb the growth effectively. Medical nutrition therapy guidelines include being physically active and following a balanced diet, including a wide variety of foods. The daily intake of dairy products, especially low-fat options is therefore recommend. Read more

Dairy and high blood pressure

In view of the high prevalence and major implications of hypertension (high blood pressure), attempts to decrease blood pressure are justified.  More and more research evidence is showing that three servings of milk and/or dairy products a day, as part of a balanced diet, can play a role in managing hypertension. Fat-­free and low­-fat dairy products, especially milk is recommended for people with high blood pressure. Read more

Dairy can be part of a kilojoule controlled diet

As dairy products naturally contain calcium, protein and other essential nutrients, consuming three servings each day improves the nutritional quality of the diet, whether on a weight reduction diet or not. The evidence indicates that the mix of nutrients found in dairy foods, especially calcium and protein, may play an important role in the regulation of energy metabolism. Read more

Dairy nutrients have many health benefits

3-a-day dairy body functions.

Easy and delicious ways of including more dairy in your diet

Just add dairy


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