‘Where is the science?’

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While milk prod­ucts con­tinue to be part of the re­vised Canada Food Guide, Dairy Farm­ers of Canada re­mains con­cerned it does not re­flect the most re­cent and mount­ing sci­en­tific ev­i­dence avail­able.

There is abun­dant re­search that demon­strates that milk prod­ucts with var­i­ous fat con­tent can be a part of healthy diet, DFC con­tends.

“While the food guide has changed, milk prod­ucts con­tinue to play a valu­able role in help­ing Cana­di­ans make healthy-eat­ing de­ci­sions on a daily ba­sis,” says Is­abelle Nei­derer, Di­rec­tor of Nu­tri­tion and Re­search at Dairy Farm­ers of Canada.

“The sci­en­tific ev­i­dence sup­port­ing the nutritiona­l ben­e­fits of milk prod­ucts in the pro­mo­tion of bone health and pre­ven­tion of chronic dis­eases, for in­stance, is stronger than ever, and new ev­i­dence con­tin­ues to ac­cu­mu­late,” she added. “Cur­rent and emerg­ing sci­en­tific ev­i­dence does not sup­port a con­tin­ued fo­cus on lower fat milk prod­ucts as it re­veals that milk prod­ucts that con­tain more fat are not associated with harm­ful health ef­fects and could even pro­vide ben­e­fits.”

DFC notes that re­search con­tin­ues to con­firm that milk pro­teins rank as some of the high­est qual­ity avail­able, but the nutritiona­l ben­e­fits of milk prod­ucts go far be­yond their pro­tein con­tent.

Milk prod­ucts are a key source of 6 of the 8 nu­tri­ents that most Cana­di­ans al­ready fall short of: cal­cium, mag­ne­sium, zinc, vi­ta­min A, vi­ta­min D, and potas­sium.

Milk prod­ucts are a lead­ing source of cal­cium. Al­though other foods may con­tain cal­cium, milk prod­ucts gen­er­ally con­tain a higher amount – in a form that is more eas­ily ab­sorbed by the body.

For ex­am­ple, a per­son would have to eat eight cups of spinach, or more than two cups of broc­coli, for their body to ob­tain the same amount of cal­cium as they would from a sin­gle cup of milk.

Re­search con­tin­ues to con­firm that milk prod­ucts are par­tic­u­larly im­por­tant for the op­ti­mal growth and de­vel­op­ment of chil­dren and pre­serv­ing healthy bones and mus­cles in ag­ing adults.

Sci­en­tific ev­i­dence con­firms the nutritiona­l ben­e­fits of dairy and that dairy plays a role in re­duc­ing the same chronic dis­eases pri­or­i­tized by Health Canada.

Health Canada's own 2015 ev­i­dence re­view shows that, when it comes to re­duc­ing heart dis­ease, type 2 di­a­betes and colorec­tal can­cer, the ev­i­dence for milk prod­ucts is as strong, if not stronger, than it is for veg­eta­bles, fruit, whole grain, and plant-based pro­tein foods.

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