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Healthcare professionals

Dairy: The Health Benefits Stack Up

The dairy food group (that’s milk, cheese and yoghurt) is one of the most well-researched foods, with over 50 years of strong evidence backing dairy.

This evidence shows dairy foods stack up as a valuable source of 10 essential nutrients crucial for maintaining optimal health, and a reduced risk of developing a number of chronic diseases, including heart disease and type 2 diabetes.*

Despite this, only 1 in 10 Aussies are getting enough dairy in their diet every day. This means most Aussies are missing out on important nutrients and health benefits.

Healthcare professionals play an important role in helping to bridge the dairy gap.

Access our health resources below to help educate your patients on why dairy matters for their health.

*when consumed as part of a healthy, balanced diet.

Information for healthcare professionals

Lactose intolerance and digestive discomfort

Lactose free does not mean dairy free. Most lactose intolerant patients can still enjoy the health benefits of milk, cheese and yoghurt with some minor diet tweaks.

Gut health benefits

Dairy products, in particular fermented products such as yoghurt and kefir, can play a key part in a diet that nourishes the gut and keeps the microbiome in a state of balance.

Heart disease and blood pressure

The Heart Foundation now recommends regular-fat dairy for healthy populations. The latest updated guidelines demonstrate that milk, cheese and yoghurt are not linked to an increased risk of heart disease.

Weight management

The Australian Dietary Guidelines confirm that milk, cheese and yoghurt aren’t linked to overweight or obesity. Studies have shown these foods can actually help with weight loss as part of a healthy, balanced diet.

Nutrients in the dairy food group

The dairy food group contains milk, cheese, yoghurt and/or alternatives. This nutrient powerhouse provides 10 essential nutrients and multiple health benefits. Learn more about the dairy food group and how much your patients need.

Bone health

Adequate dairy consumption is an important determinant of strong bones. Milk, cheese and yoghurt are a nutrient powerhouse of bone-building nutrients housed in a unique matrix that help support bone health for all ages.