Why You Should be Consuming Dairy

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Hello, everybodeeee!!! (My sisters have Sesame Street going in the background as I’m writing, and I’m having some Grover memories. Anybody with me?)

As promised, I’m here to share with you about why we all should include dairy in our diets on a daily basis. I’m so excited…

Here’s a fun fact!

Three of the most under consumed nutrients in the average American’s diet – calcium, Vitamin D and potassium – are found in a glass of milk. Let’s talk about how these nutrients impact our health.

First of all, let’s talk calcium.

Getting enough calcium is a HUGE deal, peoples. Calcium not only supports healthy bones and teeth, helping to guard against osteoporosis; it may also aid in lowering blood pressure. (Check out this intriguing article for more info.) Calcium is an extremely necessary nutrient for maintaining overall health, yet many people don’t consume enough calcium.

But guess what! One glass of milk fuels you with 25 percent of your daily calcium needs! Cue the cheerleaders… no more chowing through 10 cups of spinach!!! (Spinach, I love you… just not that much.)

Not an avid milk drinker? (I’m timidly raising my hand here… is a dairy ambassador allowed to own up to such a thing???) That’s okay. Grab some yogurt and dig in… the calcium levels in a cup of yogurt are comparable to those in a glass of milk.

On to Vitamin D…

Vitamin D plays an important role… it helps your body absorb minerals, including calcium. One serving of milk contains 15 percent of the Vitamin D you need each day. Yay!

Potassium…

A serving of yogurt contains about 8 percent of the recommended daily potassium intake, and the amount of potassium in a glass of milk is comparable. Consuming enough potassium can reduce your risk of heart disease! Check out this article to learn more about the health benefits of potassium.

But why should I consume dairy?

Dairy products offer a health punch at a reasonable price. Sure, junk food may sometimes be cheaper, but maintaining your health will probably turn out to be less expensive in the long run. Isn’t it better to shell out a bit more money now and maintain your health than to neglect your health now and pay (big time) for it later?

I just have to throw this in here… when you purchase dairy products, it makes the dairy farmers and others involved in the industry so happy!!! The dairy industry is full of people who work so hard to make sure that the stores are stocked with quality food. Do us a favor and support our industry!

How much dairy should I consume?

Research has shown that eating/drinking 3 servings of dairy on a daily basis can reduce your risk of heart disease, high blood pressure, and type 2 diabetes. Check out this article to read more about why it’s wise to use the 3-a-day guideline.

One of the (many) things that I love about dairy products is their versatility. I’ll be sharing about my very favorite versatile dairy product next Monday, along with some of the ways I dress it up. Stay tuned!

-Laurel

Author: Laurel Jean

I am a Minnesota farm girl with a passion for glorifying my Savior Jesus. I love to write, cook, and work with my family on the farm.

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