Which dairy foods really promote bone health?

Not all dairy products will help you age gracefully.

Following menopause, osteoporosis may be one of the most well-known – and dreaded – aspects of the aging process for many women. This condition, which is also referred to as low bone mass – is particularly common among Caucasian and Asian females over the age of 50, though it can affect individuals of every age and nationality. Because it is so widespread and often physically restrictive, there are plenty of awareness campaigns touting the benefits of calcium and vitamin D supplements, among other natural compounds that promote bone health. In addition, dairy products have long been hailed as reliable sources of these nutrients.

But, according to a recent study released by Institute for Aging Research (IFAR) – a facility that has ties to Harvard Medical School – not every dairy product should be considered a weapon against bone degeneration. In many instances, the negative aspects of these offerings – high fat and sugar content, for example – may outweigh the potential benefit for bone mass.

The researchers reviewed surveys taken by over 3,000 participants and compared them to Bone Mineral Density (BMD) readings from each individual. Through this method, they discovered that cream-based dairy products, specifically, were found to yield lower levels of bone-supportive nutrients, but were laden with unhealthy elements. Milk and yogurt, by contrast,

“Nutrient composition varies among dairy foods,” ScienceDaily reports in its coverage of the study. “Choosing low-fat milk or yogurt over cream can increase intake of protein, calcium and vitamin D while limiting intake of saturated fats.”

Based on the data they reviewed, the researchers reportedly determined that three servings of milk or yogurt per day could have a noticeable benefit on bone health. This, in turn, may ward off some physically restrictive conditions that can impair aging longevity.

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