Delving Into Dairy

When shopping for milk, people often choose low fat dairy because that’s what they have been told is healthy. However, not all low fat dairy products are healthy.

Skim milk and other low fat dairy products do not have vitamins A and D. These vitamins are necessary for growth, energy and learning, so children should eat dairy products with higher fat levels. Similarly, breast milk is ideal for infants because it contains saturated fats, which babies need for good brain, retina and bone health.

Unless labeled hormone-free, most milk comes from cows treated with growth hormones that boost milk production. These hormones have been linked to cancer. To avoid hormones, stick to either organic or hormone-free dairy products.

Rather than eating low-fat dairy products, it is smarter to eat moderate amounts for full fat, hormone-free dairy products.

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