The British public love eating and drinking dairy products according to the findings of a new survey. The Attitudes to Dairy* survey found 70% of people had not changed their views on dairy in the past two years and, actually, 8% have a more positive outlook with 5% increasing their consumption of the tasty produce!
This Valentine’s Day, we’re celebrating 5 reasons to pamper your heart with delicious dairy products and sharing how milk and dairy foods are packed full of important nutrients which contribute to a healthy lifestyle.
1. Eating dairy reduces the chances of a heart attack.
Eating yogurt, cheese, butter and milk could starve off a heart attack, according to research. Scientists analysed the diets of more than 75,000 people in the UK and Denmark, 3,500 of whom suffered a heart attack during the 18-year study. Those who ate more full-fat dairy products containing a particular type of saturated fat were less likely to suffer from a major cardiovascular event.
2. A 200ml glass of milk contains 74% of our recommended daily Vitamin B12.
Vitamin B12 is an essential nutrient that your body can’t make on its own and is mainly found in animal products, especially meat and dairy products. This water-soluble vitamin helps us feel less tired, benefits our immune system and contributes to the release of energy from food.
3. Intake of dairy products is linked to improved bone health.
Dairy products are rich in calcium that is essential for good bone health, the intake of dairy products is especially important to bone health during childhood and adolescence, when bone mass is being built.
Dairy products could therefore improve bone health and reduce the risk of fractures in later life.
Did you know… A cow will produce an average of 6.3 gallons of milk each day. That’s more than 2,300 gallons each year!
4. Milk and dairy foods contain two types of protein: whey and casein.
Protein is well-known for its contribution to the growth and maintenance of muscles. Whey and casein are found in milk in the ratio of 20% whey and 80% casein. Proteins are broken down into amino acids which have many roles in the body. There are 20 amino acids which act as building blocks in the body.
Proteins help replace and create new body tissues including bone, muscles and skin.
5. Cheese makes you happy!
No, honestly, we checked the science, and it’s never been so tasty. Cheese contains an amino acid called tyrosine that, when broke down in our bodies, makes us feel content. The fats in cheese also encourage our brains to produce dopamine, a natural feel-good chemical released in our brains’ “reward centres”. Bring on the Suffolk Gold!
Celebrate your love of dairy this Valentine’s Day with Foulgers Dairy. Whether you’re pouring fresh, local milk on your cereal or enjoying a Suffolk cheeseboard, we hope that you love the health benefits of your delicious dairy.
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*The Dairy Products Survey was commissioned in January 2019 by AgriBriefing, in conjunction with the BBC and carried out by ComRes.