Consuming dairy products provides many health benefits that are vital for the health and maintenance of your body. Nutrients such as calcium, potassium, vitamin D and protein are all found in dairy products.
Calcium is important for building bones, teeth and maintaining bone mass. The intake of dairy products is especially important to bone health during childhood and adolescence when bone mass is in the development of being built.
Minerals such as calcium, potassium and magnesium play an important role in maintaining healthy blood pressure. Potassium, in particular, helps regulate fluids and mineral balance in the body which is important in maintaining a healthy blood pressure. The intake of dairy products is also associated with a reduced risk of cardiovascular disease, osteoporosis and type 2 diabetes. Dairy consumption is also associated with a healthy weight and has been known to play an important role in sport and exercise performance. The large amount of protein found in dairy products supports muscle growth.
Because of these great benefits the Australian dietary guidelines recommend we include milk, yoghurt and cheese into our diets everyday as part of a balanced diet, but many Australians are not getting enough. There are so many benefits to eating these amazing products, here are just some.