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Key Information & Resources for Health Professionals:

As a health professional, you understand the nutritional benefits of dairy foods and know that in conjunction with a balanced diet, 3 daily servings of dairy will lead to healthier living. Consider the following dairy facts and resources as you seek to communicate dairy's message with your clients and patients:

  • Research has shown that increased consumption of dairy products, by both children and adults, improves bone density later in life and reduces the risk of osteoporosis.
  • Emerging research indicates that increased dairy consumption can help maintain weight and prevent the accumulation of excess body fat.
  • Nutrients in dairy foods, including calcium, potassium, and magnesium reduce risk for hypertension.
  • Certain cheeses, such as Cheddar, Swiss, Blue, Monterey Jack and American have may reduce risk of tooth decay.
  • Probiotic microbes found in fermented dairy products play an important role in maintaining digestive health. 
  • Americans often fall short in calcium, potassium, vitamin D, and dietary fiber. Getting 3 daily servings of dairy helps close this nutrient gap by providing these top three nutrients of concern. 
  • Dairy is a nutrient dense food, contributing 9 essential nutrients, each of which serves key functions within the body. 
Nutrient Function

% DV

  • Calcium
Helps build and maintain strong bones and teeth. 
Also plays a key role in nerve function, muscle contraction & blood clotting.
  • Vitamin D
Promotes the absorption of calcium and enhances bone mineralization.
Plays a role in immune function and insulin metabolism and may help reduce risk for CVD and cancer. 
Milk & dairy is one of the few dietary sources of this important nutrient. 
  • Riboflavin (B2)
Vitamin B2 helps convert food into energy for metabolism and exercise.      24%
  • Phosphorus 
A key mineral for bone and teeth mineralization, phosphorus is also essential for proper cellular function.       20%
  • Protein
Dairy protein contains all essential amino acids and aids in muscle building and repair.
Protein is essential for cellular structure, fluid balance, enzyme and antibody formation, and nutrient transport.  
  • Vitamin B12 
Essential for red blood cell formation and oxygen transport      13%
  • Potassium
Regulates fluid balance and helps maintain normal blood pressure.
An electrolyte essential for muscle activity and contraction.
  • Vitamin A
Helps maintain normal vision and skin. Also helps regulate cell growth and maintain immune function. 
Plays a role in bone health by helping to regulate bone turnover. 
  • Niacin (B3)
Critical for normal function of bodily enzymes. Aids in metabolism of sugars and fatty acids.       10%
* 1 8oz serving    

Additional Dairy Resources: 

  • National Dairy Council: Find educational materials, program resources, and the latest nutrition handouts. 
  • Nutrient Rich Foods Coalition: Tools and meal ideas for boosting nutrient-rich foods
  • Dairy Research Institute: Check out the latest in scientifically-based dairy research and insights. Sign up for the "Dairy Research INSIGHTS" newsletter and access information on how dairy contributes to overall health and wellness. 
  • Dairy Farming Today: The dairy industry is constantly changing, and as consumers move away from farms there is a growing disconnect between farming practices and food on the table. Explore this site to watch video and download information about what goes on on modern dairy farms and get to know some of America's farmers. 
  • FuelUpToPlay60.com: An in-school, student-lead nutrition education program designed to promote nutrition education and physical activity.
  • RaiseYourHand4Milk.com
  • USDairy.com/Sustainability: The dairy industry is committed to creating a socially, economically, and environmentally sustainable future. 
  • TheDairyReport.com: An up-to-date blog for news, analysis, and opinion on nutrition and health research.