Five Great Health Benefits of Dairy
Dairy foods provide amazing taste along with a ton of nutrition. Research is shedding light on new areas of health and wellness that dairy foods provide each day. Here are five great health benefits that come from dairy foods.
Cultured dairy foods like yogurt, kefir, and even buttermilk provide the body with probiotics which are the good bacteria that help keep your gut healthy. Studies also show probiotics can go beyond gut health and may help decrease the length of the common cold. Enjoy the delicious taste of yogurt while gaining the health benefits of probiotics with our Strawberry Banana Smoothie.
Vitamins and minerals in dairy foods like calcium and vitamin D help build and maintain strong bones. Bone health is important to cultivate in childhood and maintain throughout one’s lifespan. There are many delicious ways to include dairy in your diet to boost bone health like our Blueberry Flax Overnight Oats or Mushroom and Arugula Flatbread.
Post Exercise Nutrition
Flavored milk, such as chocolate milk is sought after by professional athletes and weekend warriors alike because of its perfect combination of nutrients, which help your body recover after a tough workout. The high-quality protein helps to restore and rebuild muscles quickly, carbohydrates fuel your tired muscles, and electrolytes replenish what is lost in sweat.
Cheese not only has protein, calcium and phosphorus, which stimulate saliva production and prevent tooth decay, but also casein, which strengthens tooth enamel and decreases your risk of cavities. Now that’s a reason to smile!
Full-fat dairy products are being highlighted more for their reproductive health benefits. Research has shown that full-fat dairy foods may help with fertility, fetal growth and development, and even lactation.
Whatever reason you choose to reach for dairy foods, you can be assured that their nine essential vitamins and minerals help your body stay healthy and strong. Learn more about the health benefits of dairy and get inspiration from our recipes.
Lanier Dabruzzi, MS, RD, LD