National Dairy Month
June is the start of the summer months in New Jersey. It is an exciting month filled with picnics, BBQ’s, and beach time. June is also National Dairy Month.
Consuming dairy products provides health benefits – especially improved bone health. Foods in the Dairy Group provide nutrients that are vital for health and maintenance of your body. These nutrients include calcium, potassium, vitamin D, and protein.
Key nutrients found in dairy products include:
Calcium- Essential for bone growth and maintaining bone mass. Three cups of dairy per day can significantly improve bone mass.
Potassium- Potassium is important for healthy blood pressure and hydration. Dairy products like yogurt, milk, and soymilk provide a good amount of potassium.
Vitamin D- Vitamin D helps maintain healthy levels of calcium and phosphorous, which will help in keeping bones healthy.
Health benefits that come with consuming dairy products:
Those who consumer a healthy amount of dairy products are shown to have healthy bones, and may have a reduced risk of osteoporosis.
Childhood is an important time to consumer dairy because that is the period when bones are growing and being built.
The consumption of dairy products is also associated with a reduced risk of cardiovascular disease and type 2 diabetes.
Health professional recommend choosing little to no fat dairy products to get the vitamins you need without the added fat.
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