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  • Data on Consumption

    Qualitative Data

    Only one in three Canadians gets enough milk products every day. Researchers are trying to identify the factors contributing to this underconsumption in order to find strategies aimed at increasing milk product consumption to optimal levels.

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  • Scientific Evidence

    Cardiovascular Disease

    The evidence, to date, indicates that milk product consumption is not associated with an increased risk of cardiovascular disease. In fact, emerging evidence suggests that milk products could help in the prevention of heart disease and stroke.

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  • Scientific Evidence

    Cancer

    According to the World Cancer Research Fund report, there is sufficient evidence to suggest that milk reduces the risk of colon and bladder cancers. Milk and milk products may also be associated with a reduced risk of breast cancer. There is no conclusive evidence that milk products increase the risk for prostate and ovarian cancers.

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  • Scientific Evidence

    Hypertension

    Learn more about the scientific evidence on hypertension and the impact of milk products in its prevention, as well as the effects of other lifestyle factors.

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  • Scientific Evidence

    Milk and Sports Nutrition

    The evidence to date reveals that either white or chocolate milk has many properties that could make it an effective recovery beverage after endurance and resistance exercise. As well, drinking milk appears to result in favourable acute alterations in body composition following exercise.

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  • Scientific Evidence

    Chocolate Milk and Health

    In addition to helping athletes recharge after a workout, chocolate milk may help improve the overall quality of children’s and adolescents’ diets. Flavoured milk can also benefit Canadians who fail to meet the recommended daily servings of Milk and Alternatives recommended by Canada’s Food Guide.

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  • Scientific Evidence

    Bone Health and Osteoporosis

    The calcium and other nutrients in milk products are essential for building and maintaining strong bones during childhood, reducing bone loss during adulthood and preventing osteoporosis.

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  • Scientific Evidence

    Experts' Summaries

    Guest contributors to Dairy Nutrition share their professional expertise on a variety of topics related to milk products, nutrition and health.

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What's New

Review of Canada's Food Guide - The Place of Milk Products

Explore the latest studies on dairy products and health in the context of future food policy consultations.

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Milk production: A life-cycle analysis

How are Canadian dairy farmers promoting sustainable practices? Explore the topic and get the stats at a glance.

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Bone Health: Dairy, Calcium and Beyond

Interested by the new scientific data on bone health? Watch our webinar!

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Chocolate and Other Flavoured Milk, Diet Quality and Health

Consistent evidence indicates that chocolate milk helps improve diet quality in children and adolescents without any increase in added sugars and caloric intakes, or any adverse effect on weight.

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Chocolate Milk Consumption in Canada

Of the total added sugar intake in a person’s diet, it is estimated that chocolate milk and other flavoured milks contribute less than 2%—or less than 1 g—of added sugar per person per day.

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Why Is Vitamin A Added to Milk?

Health Canada requires the mandatory fortification of skim and partially skimmed milk with vitamin A. The form added to milk is vitamin A palmitate, which is the most stable form and can be finely...

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Synopsis: Bone Health and Osteoporosis

Bone health is important for overall health and quality of life and is dependent on bone mass, bone architecture and body mechanics. Optimal bone health status is crucial to prevent osteoporosis,...

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The DASH Diet: What It Is and What the Research Says

Numerous studies have confirmed the beneficial role of the DASH dietary pattern on blood pressure, and various DASH-style diets have also been examined.

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Proposed Taxation on Sugar-Sweetened Beverages

In February, a proposal to tax sugar-sweetened beverages was put forth by Dietitians of Canada. To find out if registered dietitians are in support of this proposal, we conducted a survey from March 31 to April 14, 2016, among 527 of them.

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