Dairy products are nutritious foods that have undergone minimal processing.
They’ve always been an essential part of our diet. Canada’s Food Guide recommends eating foods that are high in protein, including low-fat, unsweetened dairy products. It’s well established that they play a key role in a healthy, balanced diet.
Here’s a look at how dairy products are good for your health.
Part of a healthy, balanced diet
The Mediterranean diet has been proven to lower the risk of cancer and cardiovascular diseases. It recommends consuming low-fat dairy products as often as possible, which is supported by most general health guidelines.
Protein is essential to muscle health and assists in muscle recovery and repair after physical activity. There are two types of protein: complete and incomplete. Dairy products are high in complete protein, meaning they contain all of the amino acids the body needs to function properly. If you consume dairy products daily, you don’t need to worry about whether you need to combine different foods to meet your daily protein needs.
Essential vitamins and minerals
Dairy products also contain vitamins and minerals that are essential to all stages of life, whether in children, teenagers, adults, pregnant women or the elderly. Canadians are also deficient in some of the minerals and vitamins that dairy products contain in high amounts. In adults, these include magnesium, calcium, vitamin A and vitamin D. Therefore, consuming dairy products is a good way to boost your intake of these vitamins and minerals.
A good source of calcium
Dairy products are a major source of calcium, an essential mineral for bone health. A glass of milk alone accounts for a quarter of our daily calcium requirements, and a glass of high-protein dairy beverage, such as Natrel Plus dairy products, provides close to half. Dairy products are also a good source of vitamin D, which promotes calcium absorption and assists in bone formation and keeping them healthy. This means they are essential to keeping the body functioning properly.
Beneficial at all stages of life
We may have higher nutritional requirements at certain times. For example, children require more protein and vitamin D. Consuming enough dairy products at this age can help fulfil these needs.
Different products for different occasions
Natrel’s wide variety of products makes it possible to enjoy dairy products on any occasion. For example, consider adding a boost of protein to your breakfast with a glass of Natrel Plus, a lactose-free dairy beverage with 18 g of protein per cup. It’s a good way to start the day on the right foot!
At the forefront of quality
Fine-filtered milk is produced using advanced technology to obtain delicious, fresh-tasting products with longer shelf lives. Natrel milk and dairy products are free of antibiotics and artificial frowth hormones.*
Products made in Canada
Buying products made in Canada is one of the biggest nutrition trends. Many people state without hesitation that products made in Canada often taste better than those that have to travel thousands of kilometres to reach our table. This is the first step to eating more responsibly, which has clear nutritional, economic and environmental benefits to our daily lives.
Adapted to certain health problems
A number of Natrel’s lactose-free products have been specially formulated for lactose-intolerant people. Whether it’s ice cream, fine-filtered milk, butter or cream, these products make it possible for everybody to enjoy the delicious taste and creaminess of dairy products without discomfort.
*According to regulation currently in force in Canada, milk cannot contain antibiotic residues and artificial growth hormones are not approved for use in dairy cattle.