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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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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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  • Chocolate Milk and Post Exercise Recovery

    Although there is no scientific basis for the commonly held belief that adults require eight to 10 glasses of water daily, liquids do need to be consumed before, during and after physical activity to support adequate hydration and replace fluid and electrolytes lost through perspiration....

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  • Proteins and Body Weight

    The role of protein in the regulation of long-term energy balance and maintenance of healthy body weight remains unclear. Nonetheless, high-protein diets remain popular due to perceived benefits such as increased satiety. Evidence is mounting that the source of protein is very important...

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  • The DASH Diet: The Importance of Milk Products

    The DASH (Dietary Approaches to Stop Hypertension) diet—rich in lower-fat milk products, fruits and vegetables—is widely acknowledged by the healthcare community as an important regulator of blood pressure. It has been shown to reduce blood pressure in hypertensive individuals by...

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  • Effects of Drinking Milk Following Exercise

    Skeletal muscle is important for regulation of blood glucose as well as blood lipids as it is the largest site for glucose disposal and lipid oxidation. Thus, resistance exercise (to gain, or prevent loss of even a small amount of muscle) may have important health benefits. In an acute...

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  • LDL Subclasses and CVD Risk

    The atherogenic dyslipidemia seen in patients with the metabolic syndrome includes elevated plasma triglyceride levels, reduced high-density lipoprotein (HDL) cholesterol (C) and increased small, dense cholesterol depleted low-density lipoprotein (sdLDL) particles. Lowering sdLDL levels...

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  • Milk Products and the Prevention of Colon Cancer

    Colon cancer is the third most common cancer in males and females and the second leading cause of mortality in the Western World. It has been estimated that in Canada in 2009, a total of 22,000 individuals will develop colon cancer (12,100 males/9,900 females). The incidence rate of this...

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  • Building Healthier Diets: The Nutrient-Rich Foods Index

    In the fight against obesity, we need to be counseling the public on the need to spend less time counting calories and more time making sure that every calorie counts. The goal of nutrient profiling is to provide “nutrition at a glance.” Not only are current nutrition facts panels...

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  • Adequate milk product consumption may help prevent type 2 Diabetes

    A healthy diet and lifestyle play an important role in the prevention of chronic diseases including type 2 diabetes. Emerging evidence suggests that ensuring adequate consumption of milk products may significantly reduce the risk of developing type 2 diabetes. While the exact mechanisms...

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  • WHO Report on Trans Fats: Effects of Industrial versus Ruminant Trans Fat

    Data from randomized, controlled trials and observational studies demonstrate unequivocally that industrial trans fatty acids (TFA) derived from partially hydrogenated oils adversely affect several cardiovascular risk factors and are highly correlated with an increased risk of coronary...

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Protein for Bone Health: Evidence Update and Implications for Practice

Interested in learning more about the latest evidence on protein and bone health?

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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

The overall scientific evidence suggests that milk products do not increase the risk of developing asthma or exacerbate asthma symptoms. In fact, emerging evidence suggests...

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Diet, CVD and mortality: State of the evidence

Wondering what is the latest scientific evidence on saturated fat and its association with CVD outcomes and mortality?

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Practice update: Bone health, calcium and milk products

What does research say about bone health, calcium, and the role of dairy products? View our latest factsheet on this topic.

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The environment and milk: get the facts

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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