New science review examines multiple health benefits of dairy foods

July 01, 2009

WHAT: Food prices rose by 5.5 percent in the past year and are expected to increase up to an additional 4 percent in 2009. Americans are seeking to get the most out of their dollar, and since together, dairy foods provide a unique package of nine essential nutrients, they are a nutritional bang for the buck.

In a supplement to the current issue of the Journal of the American College of Nutrition (JACN), several prominent nutrition researchers weigh in on an updated review of the health benefits of consuming dairy foods. This supplement further contributes to the well-established evidence that consuming the recommended servings of dairy foods each day is a convenient and affordable way to get several key nutrients that many Americans do not consume enough.

Together, milk, cheese and yogurt provide a unique package of nine essential nutrients at a low cost per serving. Research cited in the review supports consuming three to four daily servings of dairy foods and indicates that these nutrients contribute to several health benefits.

Highlights include:
WHEN: The overview was released on July 1, 2009, as a supplement to the current issue of the Journal of American College of Nutrition, Vol. 28, No. 1, 69S-129S (2009)

WHO: Dr. Penny M. Kris-Etherton, PhD, RD, author of one of the supplements, is available for interview

CONTACT: For interviews with Dr. Kris-Etherton or more information, please contact Matt Coldagelli at 312.552.1126 or National Dairy Council media hotline at 312.240.2880 or

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