June is National Dairy Month!

Today’s blog post is written by Immaculata University’s Dietetic Intern, Amanda Lentz.

Consuming dairy products provides a variety of 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, and vitamin D.

  • Calcium is used for building bones and teeth and in maintaining bone mass. Dairy products are the primary source of calcium in American diets.
  • Diets rich in potassium may help to maintain healthy blood pressure. Dairy products, especially yogurt, milk, and soy milk, provide potassium.
  • Vitamin D functions in the body to maintain proper levels of calcium and phosphorous, thereby helping to build and maintain bones. Milk and soy milk that are fortified with vitamin D are good sources of this nutrient.

Dairy Health Benefits

  • Intake of dairy products is linked to improved bone health, and may reduce the risk of osteoporosis.
  • The intake of dairy products is especially important to bone health during childhood and adolescence, when bone mass is being built.
  • Intake of dairy products is also associated with a reduced risk of cardiovascular disease and type 2 diabetes, and with lower blood pressure in adults.

If you are looking for ways to incorporate dairy into your meals, Cuisine365 offers many options like: deconstructed fruit parfait, varieties of delicious smoothies, Mediterranean Salad, & Grilled Chicken Caprese…just to name a few!

 

Helpful Tips!

  • Add fat-free or low-fat milk instead of water to oatmeal and hot cereals.
  • Have fat-free or low-fat yogurt as a snack.
  • Make a dip for fruits or vegetables from yogurt.
  • Make fruit-yogurt smoothies in the blender.
  • Top cut-up fruit with flavored yogurt for a quick dessert.
  • Top casseroles, soups, stews, or vegetables with shredded reduced-fat or low-fat cheese.
  • Top a baked potato with fat-free or low-fat yogurt.