How Much Dairy Do I Need in My Food Storage?
Dairy foods provide several important nutrients to your diet. If a disaster happened, how would you get those dairy nutrients that you needed?
That’s why dairy items in your food storage are so important. They provide you with essential nutrients, keeping you healthy and well during an emergency. The great thing about diary items in your food storage, is that is has a great shelf-life and won’t go bad as quickly as the regular food. It’s also a great source of calcium and protein.
Benefits of dairy
Dairy is a very important nutrient to have in your food storage. It’s important to have a well-balanced nutritional plan and milks, cheeses, and yogurts can provide that for you and your family.
According to the National Institutes of Health, many Americans, including children and adults, don’t get nearly the amount of calcium from their diet as they should. While dairy items are great sources of calcium, milk, cheese and yogurt provide many other essential nutrients including:
|Essential Nutrients Found in Dairy Items|
|Calcium||For healthy bones and teeth|
|Phosphorous||For energy release|
|Magnesium||For muscle function|
|Protein||For growth and repair|
|Vitamin B12||For production of healthy cells|
|Vitamin A||For good eyesight and immune function|
|Zinc||For immune function|
|Riboflavin||For healthy skin|
|Folate||For production of healthy cells|
|Vitamin C||For formation of healthy connective tissues|
|Iodine||For regulation of the body’s rate of metabolism|
Milk and other dairy items are a great source of protein too. While many people might pile up on grains and carbs, it’s also important to have enough protein.
Bone & teeth health
Dairy items provide an abundant amount of calcium which is essential for bone growth – especially during childhood, teenage years and after the age of 60.
Many people might think that too much milk makes you fat. However, research has shown that people who consume milk and dairy foods are likely to be slimmer than those who do not.
Dairy foods can help reduce blood pressure. A complete diet – including low-fat dairy products, fruits, vegetables and low salt, can help to reduce blood pressure. The potassium, magnesium and calcium in dairy items are linked to healthy blood pressure.
A study of 40,000 Norwegian women showed that those who drank milk as children and continued to drink as adults, had significantly lower chances of having breast cancer.
Type 2 diabetes
People who consume low-fat dairy products are less likely to contract type 2 diabetes.
How much dairy do I need in my food storage?
The Food and Nutrition Board recommends that individuals between 14 – 18 and over the age of 50 consume 1,200 – 1,300 mg of calcium each day. Individuals between the age of 19 – 50 should consume about 1,000 mg of calcium each day.
With this data, it’s recommended that you have at least a few cans of dairy items in your food storage. Obviously, that depends on how long you want to prepare for, but you’ll also want to have a good variety of dairy items in your storage.
What dairy items would you recommend?
We offer many dairy items for your food storage including cheeses, milks, yogurts, butter, sauces and more. It’s important to have a variety of dairy products to maintain a healthy diet with your food storage. Check out all of our dairy items here.
So, tell us. What dairy items would you like to see at The Ready Store? Comment below and tell us what items you’d like to see us offer.Updated September 20, 2012