Did you know that drinking milk and eating dairy foods three times every day can help your family fill nutrient gaps for potassium, vitamin A and vitamin D? Dairy foods help build bones. Drink milk, and eat cheese and yogurt with your family. This will help you set a good example. An easy guide is to drink milk or eat dairy foods at every meal.
Low-fat and fat-free milk products are healthy, but with less calories than whole milk. Slowly switch from drinking whole milk to reduced-fat. Then switch to low-fat or fat-free milk. Your son or daughter is drinking tasty low-fat milk at school!
Are you lactose intolerant? If you are, you don’t want to miss out on the health benefits of dairy foods. Many can still eat dairy foods in smaller amounts. Or, pick low-lactose dairy foods. These include hard cheeses and yogurt. Plus, you can try lactose-free milk. See these helpful tips.
Health concerns for Hispanics
“Hispanics in the United States are disproportionately impacted by obesity and chronic health conditions, as compared to the general population,” says the National Hispanic Medical Association, and Latinos and Hispanics in Dietetics and Nutrition, a member interest group of the American Dietetic Association. This includes “insulin resistance syndrome and diabetes, cardiovascular disease, hypertension and osteoporosis. Research has found an association between the consumption of milk and milk products, and a reduction in chronic disease risk, including several of the conditions for which Hispanics have increased risk.”