4 Benefits of Dairy
By Staci Amend
March 9, 2015
Dairy products like eggs, milk have gone in and out of favor over the years; public perception can be fickle, and is often tied to the “diet du jour.” Lucky for you, Jenny Craig isn’t a fad, or even a diet! For more than 30 years, we have been promoting a lifestyle that supports healthy weight loss. The American Heart Association recommends 2–3 daily servings of low-fat or fat-free dairy products—see why below, and check with your consultant to see how you can work them into your Jenny Craig menu.
1. Nature’s protein shake.
One cup of nonfat milk and 6 oz of nonfat plain Greek yogurt are both excellent sources of protein—Greek yogurt provides casein protein, and milk provides casein and whey protein. These are the most common proteins found in fitness supplements, known to help your muscles recover and rebuild after physical activity. Dairy foods are also considered “complete proteins,” which mean that they contain an adequate amount of all the essential amino acids your body needs to effectively use that protein. Blend either with ice and your favorite fruit for a protein-packed shake.
2. Strong teeth and bones.
Dairy products are the best dietary sources of calcium—a nutrient that’s essential for the maintenance of healthy bones and teeth. Studies show that getting your three recommended daily dairy servings may slow your rate of bone loss, and reduce your risk of fractures and bone disease. In addition to the milk servings on your Jenny Craig plan, your Essentials 2 Go, Ready-to-Drink Shakes and Anytime Bars provide you with enough calcium to enjoy all of it’s benefits!
3. Dairy promotes a healthy heart.
Milk and nonfat plain Greek yogurt are high in potassium, an essential nutrient that’s associated with a reduced risk of stroke, heart disease and high blood pressure. According to a recent study, along with decreasing sodium intake, increasing your dietary potassium is one of the most important steps you can take to reduce risk of cardiovascular disease. Potassium can also help with muscle cramps (of all kinds, ladies!), so there’s even more reason to up your consumption.
4. Healthy hair, skin and nails.
Yes, beauty is more than skin deep. But if dairy can help keep you healthy on the outside as well as the inside, so much the better! Along with calcium and potassium, dairy is also an excellent source of Vitamins A and B6 as well as biotin—vital nutrients known to promote shiny hair, strong nails and beautiful skin. The lactic acid found in milk is also a key ingredient in many topical skincare products; it helps to gently lift away dead skin cells, without harsh chemicals or physical scrubbing agents. Gives new meaning to “milky skin,” doesn’t it?