If you belong to a slightly older generation, you probably can not remember that when you were younger milk was more often included in your menu. At that time soda and all soft drinks were often reserved for special occasions – celebrations, family meal or picnic.
Perhaps today drinking a glass of milk is not one of your everyday rutines. But still, our parents were right, because dairy products have a major positive effect on our health (always choose low calorie dairy products).
It is well known that most people like dairy products. Statistics show a decline in consumption of full fat milk and butter, but it is a fact that consumption of cheese and ice cream is growing.
-- Low calorie milk
One of the latest studies reveal that if adults consumed more portions of dairy products during the day, the total amount of stored calories (derived from saturated fat), will be higher (which, of course, is not good). But, on the other hand the growing amount of imported dairy products brings an increase in the quantity of numerous fundamental substances – protein, calcium, magnesium, vitamins B1, B2, B6, B12, and vitamins A, D and E.
How to get all these nutritional substances contained in dairy products without all the negative affects on our body ? Low-Calorie dairy products are the real answer. If you reduce the amount of fat in your dairy products you are normally consuming, you will also reduce the amount of calories, saturated fat and cholesterol, but the amount of protein, calcium and many other vitamins and minerals remains high.
-- Calcium and protein
Most dairy products contain incredible amounts of calcium and protein, nutrients with an important role in our body. Although, unfortunately, ice cream does not contain a large quantity of these substances, but low-fat milk, Yoghurt and cheese are packed with protein and calcium. For example, a cup of low calorie yoghurt, provides a third of the necessary daily amount of calcium and 17% of the necessary daily intake of protein. Irregular intake of calcium in the body of younger men causes health problems in later years.
-- Vitamin D
Many types of milk are rich in vitamin D. Recently vitamin D has become one of the main ingredients of some types of yoghurt. Although this vitamin is very important most of us do not include vitamin D in Our Diet. Interesting is the fact that our body is capable to produce vitamin D, if we provide enough sunlight. However, this can be a problem for the people who spend most of their time in closed and dark places or people who live in areas with not many sunny days. A very good solution to this problem is the consumption of low-calorie milk rich in vitamin D, which will very quickly raise the level of this vitamin in the body.
-- Stronger bones
The amount of calcium we get from food has the potential to positively affect the bones strengthening. A study conducted in Finland studied the change in the concentration of bones in girls at the age from10 to 12 years, whose Daily Diet was enriched with cheese, calcium or a combination of calcium and vitamin D. The girls whose diet was enriched with cheese had dramatically increased bone mass in comparison to other the girls consuming no dairy products at all.
-- Stable blood pressure
Dairy products also have positive effect on blood pressure (low-fat milk and especially dairy products that are rich in calcium).