Has the truth ever tasted so good?

Has the truth ever tasted so good?

As healthy foods go, it’s hard to beat dairy for taste and convenience. Dairy is a rich source of protein, vitamins and minerals, including calcium, which is needed for the maintenance of normal bones. And you’ll be happy to know that it’s all natural.

When it comes to mealtimes for you and your family, trust facts, not fads.

How many servings?

The Department of Health’s Food Pyramid recommends 3 servings from the ‘milk, yogurt and cheese’ food group each day as part of a healthy, balanced diet. Between the ages of 9-18 years, 5 servings per day are recommended. Low-fat varieties are encouraged, and examples of one serving include 200ml of milk, 125ml of yogurt or 25g of hard cheese.

Milk yogurt and cheese

Reference: Department of Health/ Health Service Executive (2012) The Food Pyramid.
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Milk It!

Consumed as part of a balanced diet and healthy lifestyle, milk, yogurt and cheese are delicious and a natural source of a number of important nutrients. For example, below is a list of nutrients that milk naturally contains, along with some of the functions they contribute to:

Calcium

  • Normal growth and development of bone in children
  • Maintenance of normal bones and teeth
  • Normal muscle function and neurotransmission

Protein

  • Normal growth and development of bone in children
  • Maintenance of normal bones
  • Growth and maintenance of muscle mass

Iodine

  • Normal growth of children
  • Maintenance of normal skin
  • Normal cognitive development and function

Phosphorus

  • Normal growth and development of bone in children
  • Maintenance of normal bones and teeth
  • Normal energy-yielding metabolism

Potassium

  • Normal muscle function
  • Maintenance of normal blood pressure
  • Normal function of the nervous system

Vitamin B2

  • Reduction of tiredness and fatigue
  • Maintenance of normal skin
  • Maintenance of normal red blood cells

Vitamin B12

  • Normal red blood cell formation
  • Normal energy-yielding metabolism
  • Normal function of the immune system