Washington: Dairy products such as milk and yogurt promote healthier hip bones than cream, says a new finding from a Harvard Medical School affiliate.
Choosing low-fat milk or yogurt over cream can increase intake of protein, calcium and vitamin D, while limiting intake of saturated fats, said Shivani Sahni, from the Institute for Aging Research (IFAR), an Harvard affiliate, who co-authored the study.
About 34 million Americans alone have low bone density, facing a higher risk for osteoporosis and fractures, especially of the hip, spine and wrist.
“Dairy foods provide several important nutrients that are beneficial for bone health,” said Sahni, from the Musculoskel-etal Research Team, IFAR, the journal Archives of Osteoporosis reports. “In this study, 2.5 to three servings of milk and yogurt intake per day were associated with better bone density,” she said, according to an IFAR statement.
IFAR researchers based their findings on data collected from a food frequency questionnaire completed by 3,212 participants. This research supports the idea that proper nutrition can help combat osteoporosis and fractures.