Dairy products are highly nutritious foods. They contain a unique ‘package of nutrients’ that are an essential part of a healthy eating plan. Milk is not easily replaceable with other foods; the substitutes are not the same.
Nutrients found in dairy products
Many people know that dairy foods are high in calcium, which is important for building and maintaining strong bones. Calcium is also needed for normal muscle and nerve functioning,
and may help control blood pressure.
While excess fat in the diet can have negative effects on our health, we still need a certain amount of fat in our diet to perform important functions in our body. Fat provides the structure for our cells, protection for our nerves and delivers fat soluble vitamins such as vitamins A and D and essential fatty acids. Approximately 30% of our energy should come from dietary fat. Dairy fat is made up of a mix of saturated (62%), monounsaturated (30%) and polyunsaturated (4%) fatty acids.
Carbohydrate provides the body with energy. The main carbohydrate in dairy foods is lactose. Cow’s milk contains approximately 5% lactose.
Other important nutrients in dairy include:
- Important for growth (particularly in children)
- Essential for healthy eye sight
- Helps keep blood healthy
- Assists in the formation of nerve cells
- Helps release energy from food
- Helps cells to function properly
- Helps with blood pressure control
- Important for nerve impulse transmission
- Important component in bone structure
- Essential for energy transfer around the body
- Aids wound healing
- Essential for normal growth and development of bones, the brain and many other parts of the body
- Important part of the mineral structure in bones and teeth
- Works with B vitamins to release energy from food
Macaroni Cheese Recipe
There are many reasons why dairy should be enjoyed daily. Enjoy this cheesy recipe and give your family the dairy nutrients they need.
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