Milk and fresh dairy foods and beverages are not only delicious – they are packed full of nutrition too!
Dairy has been enjoyed for centuries in its various forms from milk and yogurt to cheeses and cream.
Fresh dairy foods and beverages are nutrient rich and can contribute to your overall good health. They are the richest source of calcium in the Australian diet – in fact few foods provide as much absorbable calcium. But there is so much more to dairy foods than just calcium!
Dairy foods can naturally provide a unique package of more than 10 essential nutrients including calcium, phosphorus, magnesium, zinc and selenium along with vitamins A, B2, B6, B12, D, E and K, protein, whey and casein, and carbohydrate. In fact, dairy can provide more than 10 per cent of your daily requirements for many of these nutrients.
The nutrients in dairy foods have an important role to play in the development and maintenance of bones and teeth, and the normal function of the immune system. They are also important for eye health and skin. Plus, some research suggests that an energy appropriate diet, rich in dairy nutrients, may actually help with managing your weight.
Emerging research suggests there are many other healthful nutrients found naturally in milk such as antioxidants, and factors that may protect the immune system. Milk proteins, such as whey are rich in these factors, and even milk fat contains a beneficial fat called conjugated linoleic acid (CLA).