Introduction to Dairy

Dairy products

Dairy foods are more beneficial than we give them credit for. These foods provide us with protein, Probiotic bacteria, Calcium and Vitamin D. Calcium and vitamin D work together because you can’t absorb calcium without vitamin D present. Without enough calcium in your diet your body will begin to take it from places where calcium is most abundant like your teeth and bones, which is why a lack of calcium in your diet can lead to osteoporosis or make you more susceptible to tooth decay or cavities. This is also why people with Celiac Disease are at greater risk for osteoporosis, cavities or tooth decay and also anxiety. Dairy foods are great for those with celiac disease because they almost always have no gluten and contain many of the vitamins and minerals that can be lacking in their bodies.

Despite the claims that dairy foods can cause inflammation, there are some that can actually reduce inflammation and help fight cancer. Hard cheeses contain a form of Vitamin K called menaquinone (Vitamin K2) that can starve cancer cells. On top of that it can also help keep you from developing atherosclerosis (hardening of the arteries).

Dairy foods usually contain lactose, a type of sugar that can irritate your digestive tract if your body cannot produce lactase, the enzyme that breaks down lactose. Not all dairy foods contain the same amounts of lactose. Certain cheeses and Greek yogurts for example contain less lactose than cow’s milk.

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