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Dairy Facts & Myths

1. The truth about weight management

On the farm we like to stay healthy. Luckily for us, dairy foods are packed full of nutrients, which makes it a great choice for healthy living. But did you know that dairy can also help keep our weight on track?

Studies have shown that around 40% of women aged 30-54 years are concerned that eating dairy foods will cause them to put on extra kilograms. However, foods high in protein, like dairy foods, help you feel fuller for longer after eating. This helps to reduce cravings and overeating of high energy snacks that can lead to weight gain.

2. Dairy foods can be great for heart health

Consuming low fat dairy products (as part of a varied diet) can be great for the health of your heart. Another great reason for everyone to enjoy the goodness of dairy.

3. Asthma - The surprising reality

There is a myth that we should remove dairy from our diets to reduce or eliminate asthma. In fact the National Asthma Council recommend that people with asthma should eat a nutritious diet from a wide variety of foods, including milk and other dairy products. A study of nearly 3000 pre-school aged children found those who ate dairy foods daily had a much lower rate of asthma symptoms.

4. Lactose intolerance - There’s a light at the end of the tunnel

Lactose is the main carbohydrate or sugar present in milk. Now, normally lactose is digested by the lactase enzyme in your tummy, but some people have lower levels of the lactase enzyme and are unable to break down all the lactose from their diet. Lactose intolerance is not an allergic reaction to dairy, but can result in uncomfortable tummy pains, bloating or diarrhoea.

But not to worry, people with lactose intolerance can still enjoy the great taste of dairy. LIDDELLS Lactose Free dairy products are made from cow’s milk and are great for people who love the taste of dairy and want its nutritional benefits, but prefer products that are lactose free.

For more information on Liddells Lactose Free products visit www.liddells.com.au.

5. Milk and sports performance/rehydration - Thirsty work that pays off

There is growing evidence that suggests dairy can play an important role in sports nutrition. Dairy products are practical, cost-effective and enjoyable, and their nutrient profile can help with many sports nutrition goals.

Did you know milk naturally provides both fluid and electrolytes (sodium and potassium) to assist with rehydration? The sodium concentration of milk is similar to conventional sports drinks and fluid retention is aided by other nutrients. Now that may sound like a mouthful, but it sure is a delicious one. So try our Devondale milk or flavoured milk after a run or game of footy.

For more information visit Dairy Australia

6. Plant sterols - Help manage cholesterol

Plant sterols are natural in many plants. They block cholesterol from our food and other things in the gut from being absorbed by our digestive system into the body.
Our Devondale REDUCE cholesterol is the perfect milk to try. It’s a low fat, high calcium milk that contains plant sterols to help lower cholesterol adsorption - pretty nifty eh?.

For more information, visit the Heart Foundation's Position Statement on plant sterols 2009.

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