The benefits and harm of dairy products

Among the assortment of dairy and dairy products today it is very easy to get confused: as it was said in one advertisement, not all yogurts are equally useful. And not all cheeses, milk and kefir. We tried to figure out which dairy products really benefit our body, and which - wasted money.


Advertising diligently assures us that, eating a jar of yogurt daily, we not only normalize our metabolism, but become more beautiful, younger, and our waist is slimmer. This is partly true, but on condition that you choose the yoghurt wisely. It is necessary to carefully read the composition: the shorter the list of ingredients, the more useful the product. In real yogurt should be milk and live bacteria. Such yoghurts are stored no more than a week, they include Greek.


Traditionally in the countries of the Mediterranean and the Middle East, Greek yogurt is made from sheep or goat milk. But today in the mass production use cow.The use of this yoghurt normalizes digestion, improves the functioning of the kidneys, strengthens the joints, improves the immune system, speeds up the metabolism.

Another valuable property of Greek yogurt is that it can be used as a dressing for dishes, replacing them with mayonnaise or butter. Thus, you significantly reduce calories, and the digestive system will be easier to digest food.

If the desire to eat sweet yogurt proves irresistible, then in Greek yogurt you can add a couple of spoons of homemade jam, syrup, honey or pieces of fresh fruit. Such an additive would be much more useful than industrial.


Cheese is the first in terms of the amount of nutrients. What is there in it: minerals, protein, vitamins of group B, vitamin D, calcium, - in addition to all this, cheese normalizes digestion and metabolic processes.

However, despite all the benefits that carries cheese, it is not as harmless as it seems. The calorie content of the product is high, and if you use it more than the norm, you can noticeably gain weight. The average rate is about 50 g per day (cheese with a fat content of 45-50%).A little more can eat low-calorie cheeses with a fat content of not more than 35%.


Another important point to pay attention to when buying cheese is the price. In our country, recently there is a shortage of milk, which directly affects the cost of cheese production. Moreover, some unscrupulous manufacturers add to this product substances designed to reduce the cost of its cost to the detriment of quality. At the exit, we have not a cheese, but a cheese product. As prescribed by GOST, it is produced using the same technology as cheese, but the difference between them is that it is milk-containing (at least 20% of the milk volume in the composition), and not a dairy product. It can contain various preservatives, for example palm oil, often of poor quality.


  • It is worth to be especially attentive to the composition of the cheese and not to chase a suspiciously low cost;
  • cheese products in stores are most often placed in a conspicuous place: low prices attract attention. The cost of this cheese starts from 900 rubles / kg;
  • manufacturers of "surrogate" is prohibited to print on the labels the word "cheese", because the cheese product is not such and is composed of vegetable fats. Carefully read the names on the labels;
  • it is impossible to understand whether cheese is real before you, without laboratory analysis.

It remains to give preference to large manufacturers and look for product data on specialized sites that conduct product inspections.


Like yogurts, not all milk is equally useful, or rather not all is useful: there are opponents of its use and advocates. The first believe that milk is harmful, that it washes away calcium, that it can be drunk up to a certain age in childhood, while the body can break down lactose. Advocates of milk, speaking of its benefits, cite as an example the large amount of vitamins and trace elements with which it is so rich, as well as the soothing and healing properties of the drink.


There is a third category of people who are not recommended to use milk as they belong to 15% of the population of our planet who suffer from lactose intolerance.

In any case, before buying milk, you should carefully study the information about its shelf life. Shelf life of natural milk - 5-7 days; a drink that can be stored for months will not bring much harm to the body, but also good.


This drink belongs to the category of products that have a double effect: and improve the microflora, and help in the process of losing weight. Kefir diet comes to mind right away, right?


Kefir - a unique product of its kind, which has a special set of bacteria and fungi in the composition. Due to this, the drink can inhibit the development of pathogenic flora in the intestine. The undeniable benefit of kefir is to improve digestion: it helps the digestion of food, and also removes decomposition products and toxins from the body;

If you do not know which kefir to choose, give preference to a drink with a mass fraction of fat of 3.2%. Experts agree that the more fat in kefir, the fewer chemical additives: fat helps to bind the components of kefir together, and if there is almost no fat in the drink, then starch can perform this function.

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