The importance of milk and dairy products as part of a healthy balanced diet
Milk and dairy products contain many nutrients and provide a quick and easy way of supplying these nutrients to the diet within relatively few calories. Milk, cheese and yogurt all provide the following beneficial nutrients in varying quantities.
Calcium – for healthy bones and teeth
Phosphorous – for energy release
Magnesium – for muscle function
Protein – for growth and repair
Vitamin B12 – for production of healthy cells
Vitamin A – for good eyesight and immune function
Zinc – for immune function
Riboflavin – for healthy skin
Folate – for production of healthy cells
Vitamin C – for formation of healthy connective tissues.
Iodine – for regulation of the body’s rate of metabolism (how quickly the body burns energy and the rate of growth