Health benefits of dairy
Milk, cheese and yoghurt provide calcium in a readily absorbable and convenient form. They also have various health benefits and are a good source of many nutrients, including calcium, protein, iodine, vitamin A, vitamin D, riboflavin, vitamin B12 and zinc. Some people prefer to follow a dairy food-free or milk free diet because of allergies, or intolerances to lactose (the natural sugar in milk). Or because they believe that milk increases mucus. However there is no scientific evidence of any link between dairy products and mucus production. Allergies and intolerance should always be diagnosed by a doctor. Avoiding dairy foods and not making suitable alternative choices such as the ones recommended in this food group can affect your long term health.