We all love a glass of warm milk before bed, or a dollop of delicious yoghurt over fresh fruit in the morning. But dairy does not just taste good; it’s also a powerful daily nutritional boost.
“Milk is a source of valuable nutrients, such as good quality protein, naturally occurring sugars, and micronutrients such as vitamins and minerals and an array of fats,” explains Maretha Vermaak, registered dietitian at Rediscover Dairy. “This unique kind of nutritional profile offers a range of benefits from building bones and strengthening teeth, to supporting digestion and the immune system.”
Milk is termed a “whole food” for its naturally occurring combination of nutrients that contribute to health at all stages of life. It is a “functional food” with benefits beyond simple nutrition. One cup of milk, whether full-cream, low-fat or fat-free is rich in many nutrients
Available as fresh (pasteurised or ultra-pasteurised) and as long-life, milk offers a unique package of nine essential nutrients including protein, carbohydrates, vitamins A, B6, B12, B2 and niacin, and minerals such as calcium, phosphorus, magnesium, potassium and zinc.
Benefits of dairy
Daily nutritional boost
Dairy is versatile and a firm favourite with children. It can be included with any meal and it is ideal for snacks and lunch boxes. “Including either milk, maas, yoghurt or cheese in your family’s diet three times a day will help to ensure that their bodies get what they need,” says Vermaak.
Active body and mind
Packed with naturally occurring nutrients that are easily absorbed by the body, dairy is perfect for active children and adults. Vitamin B12 helps with energy metabolism and mental alertness. The protein in dairy is complete which means it provides all the essential amino acids to build and repair body tissue and muscles. It also keeps you feeling full for longer while providing a daily nutritional boost.
Fermented dairy foods such as yoghurt, maas and kefir, provide probiotics, which are active bacterial cultures that improve gut health.
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An active family needs to ward off infections and illnesses. Milk contains protein, Vitamin A and zinc that help support the immune system.
Milk contains the amino acid tryptophan. This is used by the body to produce serotonin, the feel-good hormone which helps you relax and sleep better.
Easy on the pocket
Milk and dairy offer excellent value for money as they are packed with essential nutrients. Just one glass goes a long way to keeping your family healthy.
For more ways to include dairy in your lifestyle, visit Rediscover Dairy