Dairy’s Nutrition, Taste and Versatility Enhances Most Eating Styles

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  • October 27, 2016

If you are a health and wellness professional, do people ask you which eating plan is best for weight loss, heart health or health in general?

Now evaluating the healthfulness of several styles of eating has been made easier because the 2015-2020 Dietary Guidelines for Americans (DGA) has dedicated an entire chapter to eating patterns and their documented positive health outcomes.

No matter which of these healthy eating patterns one chooses -- Healthy U.S.-Style, Healthy Vegetarian, or Healthy Mediterranean-Style -- the goal is to promote a lifetime of health and help reduce risk of chronic disease. Dairy foods like low-fat or fat-free milk, yogurt and cheese are considered a fundamental part of these healthy eating styles. Healthy eating patterns that include fat free or low fat dairy foods have been linked to health benefits such as reduced risk of cardiovascular disease and Type 2 diabetes in adults and improved bone health in children and adolescents.  

What is the real difference in these eating styles? Let’s look at this chart: