Health Benefits of Dairy
Learn more about dairy’s role in decreasing risk of HTN and T2DM in adults and improving bone health in children and teens.
Bone Health and Dairy (PDF) – Milk Means More white paper on the important role of calcium in growth.
Science Summary: Dairy & Type 2 Diabetes (National Dairy Council website) – A growing body of research indicates that dairy food consumption is associated with multiple health benefits, including lower risk for Type 2 Diabetes.
Science Summary: Dairy & Nutrient Contributions (National Dairy Council website) – Consumption of milk and milk products is associated with better bone health, especially in children and adolescents, and reduced risk for cardiovascular disease and type 2 diabetes, and lower blood pressure in adults.
Science Summary: Dairy & Cardiovascular Disease (National Dairy Council website) – Dairy foods such as milk, cheese and yogurt are foundational foods in healthy eating patterns that contribute important shortfall nutrients, including calcium, vitamin D and potassium. Low-fat and fat-free dairy foods are part of current Dietary Guidelines for Americans (DGA) and American Heart Association (AHA) dietary recommendations.
Science Summary: Dairy & Peak Bone Mass (National Dairy Council website) – Reaching peak bone mass is associated with reduced risk osteoporosis later in life. Research continues to support the current DGA recommendations to consume three servings of low-fat or fat-free dairy foods for children and adolescents ages 9 years and older as part of a nutrient-rich diet, along with adequate physical activity, to help achieve peak bone mass.
Science Brief: Whole and Reduced Fat Dairy Foods (National Dairy Council website) – New science supports reassessing the role of dairy foods in healthy eating patterns.
Nutrition Reports Archive – Summary reviews of dairy-related nutrition research
Explore our health professional resources on Lactose Intolerance.