Why our milk and yoghurt products are good for you!

Posted on : 4th March 2015

There are many health benefits to regularly including dairy products like our milk and yoghurts in your diet.

Milk and yoghurt provide a range of valuable nutrients including calcium, vitamin B-2, vitamin B-12, potassium, and magnesium all of which are crucial to a healthy, balanced diet.

We often think of the calcium in milk and other dairy products as being important for growing children and whilst this is true they also have important nutritional benefits for adults.  Grown-ups need healthy bones too and calcium, along with vitamin D, plays a vital role in helping prevent osteoporosis in adults.

Good dental health can be aided by drinking milk, this is another benefit we often associate with children but the benefits also apply to adults.  Milk helps with the remineralisation of teeth, strengthening tooth enamel and giving it a degree of protection from damaging acidic foods and drinks.

Dairy intake has recently been linked by scientists in Europe to a reduction in the risk of high blood pressure.  In the study carried out on graduates in Spain those who consumed 2-3 portions of low-fat dairy showed a 50% reduction in their risk of developing high blood pressure.

This might come as a surprise but research has shown that dairy products, such as milk and yoghurt as part of a balanced diet, can actually help with weight loss.  Studies have shown that there is a link between consuming milk and dairy products as part of a calorie controlled diet with increased weight loss, particularly from around the abdomen.   It is excess fat around the trunk of the body that is associated with increased risk of heart disease so this is particularly good news!

Dairy can also help you get a good night’s sleep.  Milk contains a naturally occurring protein which is believed to aid sleep.  Improved sleep at night also means improved alertness and energy levels during the day so banish insomnia with a warm glass of milk in the evening or a yogurt after dinner.

So next time you think of cutting dairy products out of your diet….think again.