Nutrients in Milk Products

Milk products contain up to 16 nutrients that are essential for health. Calcium, vitamin D and protein are some of the nutrients in milk products that keep the body functioning properly and could help reduce the risk of certain diseases.

  • Calcium

    Dietary Reference Intakes for calcium, aimed at Canadians and Americans, were published in 2010 by the Institute of Medicine. Those recommendations were established to promote calcium balance and good bone health in the majority of the population.

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    Calcium and Iron Absorption: Is There an Interaction?

    Evidence suggests that calcium does not have any significant long-term effect on iron absorption. In addition, milk and milk products have not been found to affect iron absorption.

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  • Vitamin D

    Vitamin D is essential for overall health and may also play a key role in the prevention of certain types of cancer, multiple sclerosis, rheumatoid arthritis and type 1 diabetes.

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    Vitamin D status of Canadians – Results from the Canadian Health Measures Survey

    In 2013, Statistics Canada released the findings from their Canada wide survey examining the vitamin D status of Canadians. This survey was conducted from 2009 to 2011 on 6,400 Canadians aged 3 to 79.

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  • Protein

    Some studies suggest that adequate protein intake contributes to bone health. Other scientific data indicates that protein, including that present in milk, could reduce the risk of chronic diseases.

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    Protein and Healthy Aging: Optimal Muscle Mass for Life

    Our muscles are constantly in balance between anabolism (growth) and catabolism (breakdown). For anabolism to take place, we need to fuel muscles with protein. Exercise also gives muscles a further push to grow. Optimal distribution of protein at each meal appears to be a key factor in building and maintaining muscle mass throughout life.

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