20 Reasons to Keep Dairy in Your Diet for 2020 - continued

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11. Pearly whites - Healthy nutrition and eating habits help keep our teeth strong and white. Dairy foods have a specific role to play in dental health as they contain a unique combination of special anti-decay nutrients such as calcium, phosphorus and the protein, casein, as reported by Legendairy.

12. Improved immunity - Vitamin A, an essential nutrient found in milk, helps support a healthy immune system.

13. Better joint health - Research has shown that drinking milk every day has been linked to reduce the progression of osteoarthritis, a disease that severely effects our mobility and joint health.

14. Reduced inflammation - Eating low-fat yogurt has been shown to reduce chronic inflammation and also improve gut integrity.

15. Stronger muscles - The decline of skeletal muscle tissue and function of strength with age is called sarcopenia, which is linked with an increased risk of falls and can contribute to poor health. Drinking protein rich milk and exercising regularly can help slow age-related muscle loss.

16. Gut health - Cultured dairy foods like yogurt contain probiotics which provide a wide array of health benefits. Probiotics in the diet can enhance the good bacteria in the gut, improve health and reduce the risk of certain diseases, as reported by the Dairy Council of California.

17. Reduced risk of diabetes - Studies have shown that dairy fat found in whole milk and cheese can help reduce the risk of type 2 diabetes.

18. Vitamin D - According to Milk Life, nearly half of Americans get their vitamin D from milk. One 8 oz serving contains 30% of your daily recommended amount of vitamin D.

19. Lowers risk of metabolic disease - About one in three adults has metabolic syndrome, a set of risk factors that increase the risk of stroke and heart disease. Research suggeststhat dairy foods can help lower these risk factors.

20. Lean and mean - Rich in high-quality protein, milk helps support lean muscle growth.




Submitted by Steve Deibele on Tue, 12/31/2019 - 05:55

Dairy farms can (and do) produce a high amount of human calories per acre, and can do this sustainably, especially in high-forage diets. As noted, cows can eat many things that humans cannot eat effectively. Environmentally, cow milk production yields high-value human calories per acre that rivals some (most?) vegetable production calories per acre, and can do this in sustainable fashion. Vegetable production needs comparably more external fertilizer inputs OR needs time off to produce green manure fertilizers to achieve sustainable operation.