Nutrients in milk and dairy products

November 6, 2015
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Dietary Reference Intakes for calcium, aimed at Canadians and Americans, were published in 2010 by the Institute of Medicine. Those recommendations were established to promote calcium balance and good bone health in the majority of the population.

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Not only are milk and milk products high in calcium, but the calcium they provide also has good bioavailability, i.e., it is easily accessible to the body. In contrast, most plant sources contain lower amounts and/or less bioavailable calcium.

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Vitamin D is essential for overall health and may also play a key role in the prevention of certain types of cancer, multiple sclerosis, rheumatoid arthritis and type 1 diabetes.

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In 2013, Statistics Canada released the findings from their Canada wide survey examining the vitamin D status of Canadians. This survey was conducted from 2009 to 2011 on 6, 400 Canadians aged 3 to 79.

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Some studies suggest that adequate protein intake contributes to bone health. Other scientific data indicates that protein, including that present in milk, could reduce the risk of chronic diseases.

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Our muscles are constantly in balance between anabolism (growth) and catabolism (breakdown). For anabolism to take place, we need to fuel muscles with protein. Exercise also gives muscles a further push to grow. Optimal distribution of protein at each meal appears to be a key factor in building and maintaining muscle mass throughout life.

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Source: www.dairynutrition.ca
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