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What’s in Dairy?
Dairy products are nutrient-rich foods which provide many important nutrients for people of all ages.
It isn't just calcium that we get from dairy, foods from the dairy group contain other important nutrients too. Milk is packed with protein, riboflavin (also known as vitamin B2), vitamin B12 and iodine, in addition to providing phosphorus and potassium.
As you will have seen in the supermarket, milk has a range of fat contents: whole milk contains 3.5% fat, semi-skimmed milk has about half this amount (1.7%), and skimmed milk is virtually fat free (0.1% fat). In addition you can get milk with 1% fat. All of these varieties still have similar levels of the key nutrients including protein, calcium, and vitamins B2 and B12. The lower-fat varieties are lower in calories too and so are a great option for those looking to mind their calorie intake.
Storing and Preparing Dairy Products
Dairy products are predominantly fresh foods, so they require care in storage and preparation.
As with most foods, storage is important to make sure they are safe to eat and to minimise waste.
Some food needs to be kept in the fridge to stop bacteria from growing, for example foods with a "use-by" date, cooked foods and ready-to-eat foods such as desserts.
It is also very important to prepare food safely to keep harmful bacteria from spreading and growing. Your hands can easily spread bacteria around the kitchen and onto food. This is why it is important to always wash your hands thoroughly with soap and warm water at each of these times:
- Before starting to prepare food
- After touching raw meat
- After touching the bin
- After touching pets
Also, please remember to dry your hands thoroughly because, if they are wet, they will spread bacteria more easily.
You can find detailed information on the preparation, cooking and storing of food on the Food Standards Agency website.