Science & Research

Dairy and health

Research submissions

In order to keep the dairy industry strong, National Dairy Council® product research drives demand for dairy products and ingredients through the funding of pre-competitive nutrition and product research.

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Employing dairy’s nutrient power

Research linking dairy to health benefits continues to build. These findings are used to help the industry innovate new products and market dairy’s many health benefits to meet the needs of consumers.

Cardiovascular health and blood pressure

More and more research is showing the benefits of dairy products as related to body weight, body composition and metabolic health. New research also shows that milkfat from dairy products may have unique, positive effects on health.
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Type 2 diabetes and metabolic health

By 2020, an estimated 52 percent of the adult population will have diabetes or prediabetes. Scientific evidence has shown that higher dairy consumption is associated with reduced risk of metabolic syndrome and type 2 diabetes.
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Bone health

Milk, cheese and yogurt are major contributors of many nutrients that are important for bone health, including calcium, phosphorus, protein and vitamin D.

The 2010 Dietary Guidelines for Americans states that, “moderate evidence shows that intake of milk and milk products are linked to improved bone health, especially in children and adolescents.”
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Sports nutrition

Science supports the benefits of protein for athletes, for body composition and exercise recovery. In fact, research shows that flavored milk after exercise is an effective way to help the body refuel, recover and rehydrate after intense exercise.
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Healthy aging

Age-related muscle loss, called sarcopenia, can have a dramatic effect on independence and quality of life for the elderly. But there may be good news; some research has shown that higher protein intake with exercise may help maintain muscle health.
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Weight management

National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey data reveal nearly 70 percent of U.S. adults and more than one-third of U.S. children and adolescents are either overweight or obese. Research shows that higher-protein diets, which can include dairy products and ingredients, are beneficially associated with weight management and body composition.
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Additional research

There’s more research beyond nutrition priority areas. Additional studies provide information on a variety of food, nutrition and health issues. For example, scientific status reports provide high-level overviews of select topics. These reports encourage an accurate interpretation of the science by putting individual studies in context with existing research.
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