Are You Getting Essential Nutrients From Dairy?



Dairy milk and milk products are key contributors of many essential nutrients to your diet. Milk products contain up to 16 essential nutrients, including calcium, vitamin D, protein and potassium, needed for a healthy body.1 In addition, consumption of dairy products is associated with several health benefits, including bone health, a reduced risk of cardiovascular disease and type 2 diabetes, and lower blood pressure.2


According to the Institute of Medicine's 2010 Dietary References Intakes for Calcium,2 the daily calcium needs are:



The Benefits of the Calcium in Dairy Milk:

While many non-dairy alternatives are fortified with vitamins and minerals, dairy milk naturally contains these same nutrients. 3



According to the Canadian Food Guide, both men and women between the ages of 19-50 need two servings of milk and milk alternatives per day, while those over age 51 need three servings per day4


Though soy milk, or other planted based milk alternatives may not contain lactose, making them easier to digest for those with lactose intolerance they can sometimes also contain added sugars.


The Benefits of the Protein in Dairy Milk:


Calcium and vitamin D aren't the only nutrients found in dairy milk. Milk also contains high-quality protein, which contains essential amino acids in amounts sufficient to support the multiple roles of protein in the body.


Not only does drinking dairy milk help you meet your daily calcium requirement, but it also provides you with the protein your body needs for fuel and to build and repair tissue.


The Importance of Dairy in your Diet


Getting the recommended daily servings of milk and milk products is important for a balanced diet and can be a challenge no matter what your age. The Canada Food Guide recommends 2 servings of milk and milk alternatives each day for adults aged 19-50.



In a 2007 survey of 35,000 Canadians, it was found that milk products were under consumed by all age groups, with 65% of men and 72% of women aged 31-50 years failing to consume the minimum recommended daily servings 1



This means that many people are failing to get the calcium, vitamin D and potassium they need!


If you are lactose intolerant and avoiding milk and other dairy foods, you could be missing out on some vital nutrients and minerals. Luckily, there is LACTAID«* Enzyme Supplements, which can let you enjoy dairy again when taken with your first bite or sip of dairy.1 Now you can get the nutrition you need, whether you choose to pair Lactaid Supplements with a drink a cold glass of milk, or paired with your other favorite diary foods.


*USAGE: LACTAID« Lactase Enzyme tablets and caplets should be taken with the first bite or sip every time you consume a lactose-containing food because the enzyme only works on the food when you eat it. LACTAID« tables and caplets have no lasting effect beyond the meal with which they are taken. LACTAID« tablets and caplets work to make dairy foods more digestible, giving you the freedom to enjoy the foods you want, when you want.





1. Rice B et al. Meeting and exceeding dairy recommendations: effects of dairy consumption on nutrient intakes and risk of chronic disease. Nutrition Reviews doi:10.1111/nure.12007. Accessed February 23, 2015.


2. Jung, M, Strategies to increase consumption of milk products. Dairy Farmers of Canada Dairy Nutrition Website. Available at: Accessed February 23, 2015.


3. Calcium requirements Page. Dairy Farmers of Canada Dairy Nutrition Website. Available at: Accessed February 23, 2015.


4. How How much food do you need every day. Available at: Accessed April 16, 2015.


5. Food Sources of Calcium. How Much Calcium Should I aim for? Accessed February 23, 2015.

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