Are you eating enough dairy?
Feel free to put a little more Brie on your bread, some Colby on your crackers or a smidge more Gouda on your grilled cheese sandwich. Also a serving of your choice of low fat milk wouldn’t hurt either.
Study leaders at CHU de Québec Research Center and Laval University conducted a survey of the greater Quebec City metropolitan area and found almost half were not getting enough dairy in their diet.
Dairy products contain calcium and minerals that are good for bones, but the new research shows that dairy consumption may also have beneficial effects on metabolic health. It could possibly reduce risk of diseases such as obesity and type 2 diabetes. Researchers published their findings this month in the Applied Physiology, Nutrition, and Metabolism journal.
The study showed that the average individual consumed at least four portions of daily dairy products. However, nearly 45 percent of adults surveyed didn’t even meet Canada’s Food Guide recommended two portions a day.
Researchers also found that the fatty acid that is naturally present in milk, yogurt, cheese and butter have been shown to have health-promoting effects that could lower blood pressure in men and women and lower body fat in men. The study focused on the link between dairy intake and specific risk factors, including plasma glucose and blood pressure in a healthy population.
“As far as cheeses go, some can be very high in sodium and fat like cottage cheeses or cheese spreads. What you want is the low fat, low sodium mozzarella, ricotta or others cheeses that fit into that category,” says Waspi. “Everybody should be having their three servings a day because there are so many benefits to dairy including calcium for your bones, protein and other health advantages for your body. We just have to be smart about the kind of dairy we are selecting.”
As part of the My Plate structure, the current nutrition guide published by the United States Department of Agriculture, nutritionists recommend three daily cups of dairy-based products such as yogurt, milk and cheese.
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