Potential links between low-fat dairy intake and healthy brain function during aging. The authors noted that “current evidence suggests that the regular consumption of low-fat dairy products as a part of a balanced diet may have a number of positive effects on neurocognitive health in aging.”
Camfield DA, Owen L, Scholey AB, Pipingas A, Stough C. Dairy constituents and neurocognitive health in aging. British Journal of Nutrition. [Epub ahead ofprint]. February 2011.
Dairy foods offer a critical source of calcium for teens. The authors explained that incorporating milk and milk products into adolescent eating patterns is “the best strategy to meet calcium recommendations and to achieve optimal bone mineralization.”
Mesias M, Seiquer I, Navarro MP. Calcium nutrition in adolescence. Critical Reviews in Food Science and Nutrition. [Epub ahead of print]. March 2011.
Milk provides necessary nutrients without adversely impacting body weight in children and adolescents. In fact, many studies to date show a beneficial or neutral relationship between milk intake and/or calcium intake and body weight and body composition for both children and adolescents. Spence LA, Cifelli CJ, Miller GD. The role of dairy products in healthy weight and body composition in children and adolescents. Current Nutrition & Food Science. 2011; 7:40-49.
Milk proteins may benefit the regulation of body weight, satiety, food intake and blood sugar. Some research suggests that milk proteins may offer benefits such as digestive regularity, blood glucose control, and even reduced body fat when combined with an energy restricted diet. Anderson GH, Luhovyy B, Akhavan T, Panahi S. Milk proteins in the regulation of body weight, satiety, food intake and glycemia. Clemens RA, Hernell O, Michaelsen KF (eds): Milk and Milk Products in Human Nutrition. Nestle Nutrition Inst Workshop Ser Pediatr Protram. 2011; 67:147-159.
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