Milk and dairy products can be an excellent source of protein, calcium, and vitamin D. Look for those that do not contain BGH (bovine growth hormone). I always recommend eating as much organic food as possible, and dairy products are no exception. Of all dairy products, plain yogurt is the best choice as it contains important bacteria for intestinal health and the lactose has been broken down by enzymes making it more easily digestible than milk. Use solid cheeses like Swiss or Cheddar sparingly, as they are calorie dense. Feta cheese is a better choice (once again, the Greeks know best!) and can be crumbled into salads to add flavor. Italian grating cheeses, such as Romano and Parmesan, can also be used to add flavor to salads and other foods. Stay away from those triple crèmes, which are extremely high in fat. I suggest that my adult patients limit their milk intake as they may have lactose intolerance and/or allergies.
Where can you make some healthy dairy exchanges in your diet?