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June 18, 2018 June is Dairy Month

Vanessa Hoines, Extension Agent
For the week of June 18, 2018

Dates to Remember

July 17, 24 & 31 – 10:30am Park Play Dates for families

 

June is National Dairy Month

Did you know that the dairy products you’ve always loved are packed with nutrition? By participating in the Dairy 3 for Me pledge, you are committing to getting the three recommended servings of dairy by enjoying some of your favorite dairy items like milk, cheese and yogurt every day!

Nutrient-rich dairy products are one of the most affordable sources of nutrition and make healthy eating easy. Together, milk, cheese, and yogurt provide a unique package of nine essential nutrients, including calcium, potassium, phosphorus, protein, vitamins A, D and B12, riboflavin, and niacin (niacin equivalents).

The nutrients in dairy products provide many health benefits. With their calcium and vitamin D content, dairy foods promote the development and maintenance of strong bones. Dairy foods also provide many other nutrients that work with each other to keep bones healthy.

The average person’s daily dairy intake in the U.S. falls below the 2015 Dietary Guidelines for Americans recommendation. Skip the total diet overhaul or the latest fad, and keep it simple in 2018 by focusing on small but powerful changes to help you clean up your diet.

Bone health is so important because bones provide structure for the body, protect organs and act as support for muscles and tissue. They can better perform these functions when they are strong. There is much emphasis on ensuring good bone health for growing children but adults need it too. It’s not too late to take care of your bones as an adult. Adults up to age 50 need 1,000 mg of calcium a day and up to 1,200 mg when older. You can easily satisfy this requirement for bone health with low fat milk, which contains 305 mg of calcium in each cup.

Reputable health information sources point to the nutritional value of milk as an important part of bone health. People who don’t drink milk are at greater risk of developing osteoporosis because they are missing the calcium and other nutrients in milk necessary for strong bones. You can also satisfy your calcium requirement with healthy dairy foods.

Dairy products may also contribute to lower blood pressure and reduce the risk for cardiovascular disease and type 2 diabetes. More specifically, research shows the low-fat Dietary Approaches to Stop Hypertension (DASH) eating plan—which emphasizes dairy, fruits and vegetables and whole grains and is supported by the Dietary Guidelines for Americans—may help manage blood pressure.

Dairy products also provide three minerals - calcium, potassium and magnesium - that may help lower blood pressure. Potassium is especially important. Its role in the body is to help regulate fluid and mineral balance in the body, both of which are important factors in maintaining a healthy blood pressure.

Celebrate National Dairy Month. Grab a glass of milk and work your way toward your “Dairy3forMe."

For more information, visit www.midwestdairy.com or #Dairy3forMe.

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