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Milk products are a key part of a healthy, balanced diet

Published on 28 February 2019
milk, an excellent source of protein

Nutritious milk products continue to be part of the revised Canada Food Guide announced Jan. 22. However, Dairy Farmers of Canada remains concerned the updated food guide does not reflect the most recent and mounting scientific evidence available.

 There is abundant research demonstrating milk products with various fat content can be a part of a healthy diet.

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“The scientific evidence supporting the nutritional benefits of milk products in the promotion of bone health and prevention of chronic diseases, for instance, is stronger than ever, and new evidence continues to accumulate,” says Isabelle Neiderer, director of nutrition and research at Dairy Farmers of Canada.

“Current and emerging scientific evidence does not support a continued focus on lower-fat milk products, as it reveals milk products that contain more fat are not associated with harmful health effects and could even provide benefits,” she concludes.

In light of recent events, we believe it important Canadians remember:

  • Milk products are a key source of six of the eight nutrients most Canadians already fall short of: calcium, magnesium, zinc, vitamin A, vitamin D and potassium.

  • Milk products are a leading source of calcium. Although other foods may contain calcium, milk products generally contain a higher amount – in a form more easily absorbed by the body.

  • Research continues to confirm milk products are particularly important for the optimal growth and development of children and preserving healthy bones and muscles in aging adults.

  • Scientific evidence confirms the nutritional benefits of dairy and that dairy plays a role in reducing the same chronic diseases prioritized by Health Canada (heart disease, stroke, type 2 diabetes, colorectal cancer, hypertension and musculoskeletal disease).

  • Health Canada’s own 2015 evidence review shows, when it comes to reducing heart disease, type 2 diabetes and colorectal cancer, the evidence for milk products is as strong, if not stronger, than it is for vegetables, fruit, whole grain and plant-based protein foods.

Visit The Dairy Farmers of Canada  website for more information on the health benefits of milk products.  end mark

Graphic courtesy of Dairy Farmers of Canada.

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Founded in 1934, Dairy Farmers of Canada (DFC) is the national organization which defends the interests of Canadian dairy farmers and strives to create favourable conditions for the Canadian dairy industry. Working in accordance with supply management principles, DFC promotes safe, high quality, sustainable and nutritious Canadian dairy products made from 100% Canadian milk through various marketing, nutrition, policy and lobbying initiatives. Driven by a strong sense of community and pride, DFC and Canadian dairy farmers actively support a number of local and national activities. Visit dairyfarmers.ca for more information.

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