Daily consumption of nutrient-rich dairy foods not only are recommended as part of a healthy diet by the 2015 Dietary Guidelines for Americans. But research favors dairy foods for its positive association with general bone health.
All Ages Benefit from Dairy Nutrition
Bone is a living tissue which has demands for growth at all ages.
- Children: Bone health is particularly important during growth because bones grow as the body does. Making sure that children consume the nutrients they need to build bone helps ensure that their bones are dense with bone mineral content by the time they reach peak bone mass (usually by his/her late twenties).
- Adults: Bone continues to remodel after reaching peak bone mass. Bone is constantly being broken down and bone mineral content is used to remodel bone. Maintaining a healthy diet with nutrients like calcium, vitamin D, phosphorus and protein, can allow bone to remodel and prevent bone mass from declining as we age.
- Active with Weight-Bearing Activities: Weight-bearing activity is an important way to strengthen bone. Each time bone is broken down by weight-bearing activity is an opportunity to enhance the remodeling and strengthening process.
Leading Health and Nutrition Organizations Recognize the Valuable Role of Dairy Foods
The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends milk intake during peak bone building years to reduce the risk of bone fracture in adulthood in 2014 Clinical Report: Optimizing Bone Health in Children and Adolescents
Office of Disease Prevention and Health Promotion recommends dairy consumption as part of a healthy diet. 2015 US Dietary Guidelines for Americans
All milk contains a unique combination of nutrients important for growth and development. Simply put, milk provides nutrients both kids and adults need.
The Current Research- A Science Summary: Bone Health and Peak Bone Mass
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