Current research shows that regardless of fat levels, dairy products provide many health benefits including better bone and heart health, lower bodyweight and composition, lower risk of stroke and lower blood pressure, as well as a reduced risk of Type 2 diabetes. Dr. Miller added that a growing consensus among the health and nutrition community is that whole milk is beneficial to overall consumer wellness.
The checkoff-funded milkfat research will prove to be one of many important resources considered by the committee that will be recommending the 2020 Dietary Guidelines for Americans. These guidelines determine whether whole milk can be sold in schools.
About American Dairy Association North East
American Dairy Association North East (ADA North East) is the dairy farmer-funded organization funded by participating dairy farmer’s checkoff investment to build demand and sales for milk and dairy foods throughout the local region. Representing nearly 11,000 dairy farm families in Delaware, Maryland, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania and northern Virginia, ADA North East develops and implements local programs to drive milk and dairy sales at retail outlets and in schools. The organization also conducts consumer education about dairy through events, traditional and social media, and in collaboration with health professionals through National Dairy Council®. ADA North East works closely with Dairy Management Inc.™, the national dairy checkoff organization, to support nutrition research, national partnerships and developing export markets for dairy to bring a fully integrated promotion program to the region. For more information, visit www.AmericanDairy.com.