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Welcome to Dairy Nutrition, the most comprehensive and up-to-date source of scientific information for the health professional on the role of milk products in nutrition and health.

The scientific literature supports the consumption of milk and milk products as part of a healthy and balanced diet. In fact, a body of evidence is available on the nutritional benefits of milk products. In addition, beyond providing essential nutrients, milk products have been associated with the risk reduction of several chronic diseases and conditions. 

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  • The Effect of Milk Products on Inflammation

    Evidence from systematic reviews and randomized controlled trials suggests that milk product consumption does not have an adverse effect on inflammation. In fact, milk products may reduce systemic inflammation in the body by improving levels of inflammatory biomarkers.

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  • Milk Products and Mucus Secretion

    Is it okay to drink milk when suffering from a cold? Does milk increase mucus secretions in the respiratory tract? These are questions sometimes asked. The overall research does not support the notion that milk consumption causes an increase in the production of mucus in the respiratory tract or other cold or influenza related symptoms.

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  • Cardiovascular Disease and Milk Products: Summary of Evidence

    A large and robust body of evidence indicates that milk products are associated with a reduced risk of cardiovascular disease.

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  • Milk Products and Type 2 Diabetes

    The relationship between milk product consumption and type 2 diabetes has been examined in a number of studies including several meta-analyses. The totality of the evidence to date indicates that milk products, including higher fat milk products, as well as yogurt and cheese specifically, are associated with a reduced risk of developing type 2 diabetes.

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  • The Importance of Milk and Milk Products as Reliable Sources of Calcium

    Not only are milk and milk products high in calcium, but the calcium they provide also has good bioavailability, i.e., it is easily accessible to the body. In contrast, most plant sources contain lower amounts and/or less bioavailable calcium.

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Milk Products and Mucus Secretion

Is it okay to drink milk when suffering from a cold? Does milk increase mucus secretions in the respiratory tract? These are questions sometimes asked. The overall research does not support the...

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The Effect of Milk Products on Inflammation

Evidence from systematic reviews and randomized controlled trials suggests that milk product consumption does not have an adverse effect on inflammation. In fact, milk products may reduce systemic...

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Milk Products and Asthma

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Practice update: Bone health, calcium and milk products

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Watch this webinar to gain a better understanding of the current environmental footprint of milk production in Canada and the ways farmers have proactively reduced it.

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The DASH diet: Current state of knowledge

Watch this webinar and explore scientific evidence on hypertension, the DASH diet and the role of dairy products in this dietary pattern.

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