Every June 1st the world recognizes the importance of milk as a global food and how diary supports the livelihoods of one billion people worldwide.
Consuming dairy products provides many nutrients and health benefits that are vital for the health and maintenance of your body.
- According to the USDA, the Dairy Group provides calcium, phosphorus, vitamin A, vitamin D (in products fortified with vitamin D), riboflavin, vitamin B12, protein, potassium, zinc, choline, magnesium, and selenium. A mouthful of good things!
- Dairy products that are low-fat or fat-free are recommended since they provide very little saturated fats.
For those looking for dairy alternatives, fortified soy milk and yogurt are included as part of the Dairy group since their nutrition content is similar to dairy milk and yogurt.
And for those looking for calcium sources outside of the Dairy group, there are many choices which include: calcium fortified juices and plant-based milk products, canned fish, Tofu made with calcium sulfate, Tahini, and some leafy greens, such as collard/turnip greens, spinach, kale, and bok choy.
Visit MyPlate.gov to learn more about this amazing food group.