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Leading an active lifestyle requires that you provide your body with the essential vitamins and minerals it needs, and dairy products can play an important role in this. The Australian Dietary Guidelines recommend 2.5–4 serves from the dairy food group per day for a variety of health benefits. The composition of dairy means it can be used as targeted fuel in a range of situations around exercise. Before exercise to provide fuel in the form of fluid and carbohydrate and after exercise to aid recovery through rehydration and refuelling muscles.
Dairy scores for good health
The consumption of dairy has long been known as a contributor to good health, in particular to bone health. The naturally occurring nutrients in milk such as calcium and protein provide excellent health benefits. Calcium, the main mineral present in bones and teeth cannot be produced by the body and must be sourced through our food, of which milk is a great source. While the protein contained in milk is great at supporting a wide range of physiological functions including the growth, maintenance and repair of body tissues.
The benefits don’t stop there, recent advice from the Heart Foundation reversed previous restrictions and highlighted the benefits dairy can provide in protecting against heart disease, stroke and reducing the risk of high blood pressure.