Like many foods, dairy has gotten a bad reputation and I'm not quite sure why. Students have been asking a lot of questions about the health benefits of milk so I thought I'd share some "food for thought".
"I can eat dairy? But it'll make me gain weight."
- Some research studies actually indicate the opposite, despite popular belief.
- By choosing low fat or skim dairy products, you'll be eating nutrient-dense foods to help build strong bones and muscles.
"I'm lactose intolerant and therefore should avoid all milk and dairy foods."
- Many people with lactose intolerance can actually comfortably digest about one cup of milk per meal without developing side effects.
- Choosing aged cheeses, such as cheddar or Swiss, may help as they are lower in lactose.
- If you introduce dairy back into your diet after a hiatis, do so slowly to best gage tolerance.
- Buy lactose-free products and yogurts with pre and probiotics to help digest lactose.
"Organic milk is healthier than regular milk."
- There's no evidence to support that organic milk is better in regards to both food safety and nutrient quality.
- Both the organic and non-organic milks are complete proteins, containing all nine essential amino acids.
- All milk is tested for antibiotics to ensure safety.
The time to build up your bone density is now, not when you're old and grey. Remember to include low fat/non-fat dairy in your diet at least three times per day. For more information, or to setup a free nutrition counseling session, please email the campus dietitian at Feye-Sarah@aramark.com.