Three key nutrients
Many African and Hispanic Americans avoid dairy products – key contributors of calcium, potassium and vitamin D – because they consider themselves lactose intolerant. But as pointed out in this article, the avoidance of milk products can have health consequences. Increasing research data suggest that many dairy products can contribute to a reduced risk of heart disease, hypertension, obesity and type 2 diabetes, conditions that disproportionately impact people of color.
Yogurt is the best digestible dairy
These findings have motivated the National Medical Association and the National Hispanic Medical Association to recommend, in a consensus statement, the African Americans to eat every day 3-4 servings of low-fat dairy. Yogurt, could play an important role in achieving these recommendations, particularly in people who experience symptoms of lactose intolerance.