Benefits of Cheese
Ten reasons you should increase your calcium intake:
- No matter what your age, you need calcium. If your diet lacks this precious nutrient, it steals calcium directly from your bones - putting you at risk for serious fractures and osteoporosis.
- Most bone mass is deposited during the first three decades of life. Unfortunately, you can't increase bone density after age thirty. But you can maintain your bone strength by making sure you consume the recommended amount of calcium daily.
- Dairy foods come in many low-fat and fat free varieties and are the richest sources of calcium in the American food supply. Just one glass of milk, a cup of yogurt or a one-inch cube of cheese is a serving.
- It is absolutely critical for teens to get enough calcium. Nearly half of all bone is formed in the teen years. Make the calcium investment now - four servings a day. It is impossible to make up for it later.
- Kids who choose milk with school lunch are more likely to meet or exceed their daily calcium requirements. Consequently, kids who don't take milk fall short.
- Nine out of ten women and seven out of ten men fail to meet calcium requirements. Adults need at least two to three servings of calcium a day to prevent bone loss.
- More than half of children in America do not get enough calcium. Without it, they can't reach their maximum bone mass as adults. Children ages 1-3 need two servings of dairy a day, ages 4-8 need three. If you're between 9 and 18 years old, you need four servings!
- Women and teenage girls are particularly at risk in this calcium crisis. Some consume less than one serving of dairy even though they need between three and four servings to ward off osteoporosis.
- Dairy foods contain calcium and eight other essential nutrients. Dairy foods may also reduce your risk of some cancers, high blood pressure and obesity.
- Studies confirm it! You do not have to increase your fat intake or your own body weight to enjoy dairy products. Check out the great variety of tasty, low-fat and fat free dairy products in your supermarket.
Everybody knows dairy products are an essential part of a healthy, balanced diet, and although preventing osteoporosis is often the first thing people think of when they consider t
he health benefits of consuming dairy products, there is a growing list of ways that dairy can improve your health.
- Research has shown that increased consumption of dairy products, by both children and adults, results in increased bone density later in life and a reduced risk of osteoporosis.
- Emerging research indicates consuming three servings of low-fat dairy products as part of a healthy diet and exercise plan will help with weight loss and weight maintenance.
- Numerous studies have found that increasing the intake of calcium, potassium and magnesium - nutrients found in dairy foods - lowers blood pressure and helps reduce the risk of hypertension.
- Several studies link the intake of dairy foods with decreased risk of certain cancers, such as colon and breast cancer.
- Certain cheeses, such as Cheddar, Swiss, Blue, Monterey Jack and processed American cheese, among others, have been demonstrated to reduce the risk of dental cavities.
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