Decades of research confirm that dairy plays an essential role in your healthy lifestyle, so be sure to get your 3 servings a day and learn more about the benefits below.
A growing body of research indicates that dairy food consumption is associated with multiple health benefits, including dairy foods are associated with a lower risk for type 2 diabetes (T2D). This research provides further support for consuming low-fat or fat-free dairy foods as recommended in the current Dietary Guidelines for Americans.
Dairy foods are associated with multiple health benefits, including decreased risk of cardiovascular disease and reduced risk for stroke. Low-fat and fat-free dairy foods are part of the current Dietary Guidelines for Americans and American Heart Association (AHA) recommended healthy dietary patterns for Americans 2 years and older.
Research continues to support the current Dietary Guidelines for Americans recommendations to consume three servings of low-fat or fat-free dairy foods for children and adolescents ages 9 year and older as part of a nutrient rich diet, along with adequate physical activity, to help achieve peak bone mass. Reaching peak bone mass is associated with reduced risk of osteoporosis later in life.
Milk is nature’s sports drink. While milk provides many nutrients for overall health, research has shown that milk’s powerful nutrient package has several benefits to sports recovery. Drinking milk – white or chocolate – after exercise helps the body to refuel, recover and rehydrate because of its unique nutrient profile.
A healthy-eating pattern, which includes fat-free or low-fat dairy products provides the foundation for weight management and leading a healthy lifestyle. Dairy foods, like milk, yogurt and cheese, provide high-quality protein. Research has shown that protein helps provide a sense of satiety and fullness which helps with weight management.
Why 3 Servings a Day?
Three servings of dairy foods, like milk, yogurt, or cheese, in those 9 years and older contribute to healthy eating styles and well-being. Milk has a unique nutrient package and contains thirteen essential nutrients important for growth and development.