Dairy products contain several essential vitamins and minerals - calcium being of the most well-known. In addition to calcium, dairy products most often contain vitamin D, riboflavin, and vitamin A. Dairy can be a good source of protein, too.

Among the dairy foods, one stands far above its peers: yogurt. Many nutritionists sing the praises of yogurt because of the pre- and pro-biotics. These live active cultures keep the digestive system healthy by selectively stimulating the growth of beneficial bacteria in the colon. In addition, yogurt also helps strengthen the immune system and fight off infectious diseases. When you buy yogurt, make sure that it contains "live active cultures".

* Children under 12 months of age should not consume, unless cooked.

Examples of Dairy

Milk*(Whole, 2%, 1%, or Skim) • Yogurt • Cheese • Kefir

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