Celebrate National Dairy Month with these fun facts and recipes

Did you know…

  • According to a study, eating cheese after a meal can help prevent tooth decay.
  • Eating just 2 slices of cheese a day can help reduce the risk of type 2 diabetes by 12%.
  • Milk has long been called “nature’s most nearly perfect food.” It contains a long list of essential vitamins, minerals, fats, sugars and proteins, for maintaining health.
  • Fresh milk will stay fresher longer if you add a pinch of salt to each quart.
  • Dairy cows produce more milk when listening to REM's 'Everybody Hurts', Simon & Garfunkel’s ‘Bridge Over Troubled Water’, or Lou Reed’s ‘Perfect Day’.
  • Cows can smell something up to 6 miles away!
  • Cows can munch their way through 70 kilos of grass and drink more than 70 litres of water a day

Eating dairy helps with sleeplessness

For those suffering from symptoms of insomnia, drinking a glass of milk before bed can help aid in getting a good night’s sleep and alertness the next day.

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Have dairy with a spicy meal to lower the heat

Drinking milk after a spicy meal, or combining spicy foods with some yoghurt can help cut the heat.

Dairy can help with weight loss

According to a review published in the European Journal of Nutrition in 2013, people who ate full-fat dairy tended to be leaner than those who had low-fat dairy. A 2016 study by the American Society for Nutrition also found that consuming full-fat dairy, but not low-fat dairy, was associated with a reduced likelihood of becoming overweight through the years. One reason for this could be dairy fills you up and helps prevent overeating.

Some cheeses have anti-inflammatory properties

According to scientists, some cheeses, like the French blue cheese, Roquefort, might have healthy, anti-inflammatory properties, which can help protect against cardiovascular disease.

Some cheeses don’t contain lactose!

During the cheese making process, the sugar found in milk, or lactose, is converted into lactic acid. Therefore, the longer the cheese is left to age, the lower the amount of lactose in the cheese. If you’re lactose intolerant, the harder, drier and more aged cheeses will be the safest to eat, such as Parmesan, cheddar and Swiss.

Younger, fresher cheeses that are high in moisture may still contain a small amount of lactose, as the milk has not been left to ferment completely. People who are lactose intolerant should avoid these styles of cheeses, such as brie, mozzarella and feta.

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Keep your cheese from going moldy

Soak a paper towel in white vinegar, wrap it around the cheese and place it in a sealed plastic bag in the fridge. The acid from the vinegar will prevent mold from forming on the cheese.

Delicious dairy inspired recipes

Let’s support our dairy industry. Below are some simple and delicious dairy recipes you can make at home. Let’s get cooking!

Perfect potato salad: This will impress everyone at your next picnic or BBQ.

Smoothies: Check out these 3 refreshing smoothies – healthy and delicious!

Creamy pea and chicken stew: Cheesy creamy goodness.

Yoghurt pie with grape and black pepper compote: simply divine and sure to impress at your next dinner party.

Cheese and bacon scones: Make a batch and freeze them and bring one to work as an afternoon snack. Top with lashings of butter. Delicious.

Ham and blue cheese tart: Just throw the ingredients together and voila! Leftovers are perfect for lunch the next day.

Bacon and beef pasta bake: An economical and family-friendly recipe.

Parmesan cheese biscuits: Tasty. Crispy. Yum. Great as a snack.

Cookies and cream ice cream: A decadent ice cream for the adults.

Tips for incorporating more milk into your day

  • Start your day right – Enjoy a glass of milk in the morning, or have milk with your cereal or oats
  • It’s perfect as an afternoon snack – it fills you up and is packed full of nutrients. It’s great as a smoothie!
  • Have a glass of milk before going to bed – it will help you fall asleep
  • It's the most hydrating beverage you can drink – research suggests that milk is the best recovery drink post-exercise. It helps refuel the muscles after a workout or other physical activity

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