Strong bones and muscles
Dairy foods are an important natural source of calcium, protein, vitamins and minerals needed for healthy blood, nervous and immune systems, eyesight, healthy skin, energy levels and growth and repair in all parts of the body. The unique package of nutrients and complex physical structure of dairy foods has been shown to benefit bones, teeth, muscles and weight.1, 2, 3
Discover more about the health benefits of dairy foods.
Are you getting enough dairy?
Milk, cheese and yoghurt form one of the five food groups that make up a balanced diet in the Australian Dietary Guidelines. Alarmingly, 90% of Australian adults are not getting enough dairy in their diets and are missing out on the health benefits.4 Including milk, cheese and yoghurt as part of a balanced diet is linked to a reduced risk of heart disease, stroke, hypertension, type 2 diabetes, colorectal cancer and the metabolic syndrome.5
Find out how much dairy you need.
Dairy - more than nutrients
Nutrition scientists are recognising that the health effects of dairy foods go beyond just the benefits of the individual nutrients they contain. The unique ‘Dairy Matrix’ is responsible for the many health benefits of these foods. We now understand it is a combination of both the nutrients and how these interact with the distinct physical structures of milk, cheese and yoghurt that determines a dairy food’s true health effect. This is called the Food Matrix effect - the whole dairy food is greater than the sum of its parts.
Learn more about what makes dairy foods so unique.
1 Ebeling P, Daly R, Kerr D, Kimlin M. Building bones throughout life: an evidence-informed strategy to prevent osteoporosis in Australia. Med J Aust. 2013;199(7 Supp):S1
2 Abargouei A, Janghorbani M, Salehi-Marzijarani M, Esmaillzadeh A. Effect of dairy consumption on weight and body composition in adults: a systematic review and meta-analysis of randomized controlled clinical trials. Int J Obes Relat Metab Disord. 2012;36(12):1485-93.
3 Moynihan P, Petersen P. Diet, nutrition and the prevention of dental diseases. Public Health Nutr. 2004;7(1a).
4 Doidge J, Segal L. Most Australians do not meet recommendations for dairy consumption: findings of a new technique to analyse nutrition surveys. Aust N Z J Public Health. 2012;36(3):236-40.
5 National Health and Medical Research Council. Australian Dietary Guidelines, Canberra: Commonwealth of Australia; 2013.