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Handbook of Dairy Foods and Nutrition

3rd Edition

By Gregory D. Miller, Judith K. Jarvis, Lois D. McBean

CRC Press

432 pages | 90 B/W Illus.

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Once again the National Dairy Council has produced the industry reference on the important role of dairy foods in health. Packed with the latest information from the Council’s notable scientists, the Handbook of Dairy Foods and Nutrition, Third Edition makes the case for the beneficial role of dairy foods in a variety of conditions and disease states.

The handbook begins with a comprehensive overview of the nutritional content and benefits of milk and milk products including cheese and yogurt. The authors explain the effects of dairy intake on cardiovascular health and hypertension. The Dairy Council continues its research review by providing the most up-to-date information on the relationship between dairy intake and colon, breast, and prostate cancers.

An entirely new chapter is devoted to addressing recent research about the role of dairy foods in weight management. Supporting the age-old advice that milk gives you strong bones and teeth, this handbook has chapters examining the evidentiary relationship between dairy intake and bone and dental health. A full chapter addresses the condition of lactose digestion, distinguishing lactose intolerance from lactose maldigestion, as well as providing research-based strategies to improve milk tolerance. A summary of dairy’s contribution to health throughout the life cycle from childhood and adolescence into adulthood and old age, rounds out this latest installment of the Dairy Council’s authoritative reference on the importance of dairy foods in the American diet.

Continuing to provide state-of-the-art information on dairy products and nutrition, the Handbook of Dairy Foods and Nutrition, Third Edition is a useful resource for nutrition scientists, dietitians and other health professionals, educators,  dairy researchers, and the food industry.


"In general, this textbook provides an up-to-date insight into the field of dairy products in terms of human nutrition . . . clearly laid out, well illustrated, easy-to-read, the references are up-to-date . . . represents a good value for money."

–Adnan Y. Tamime, in International Journal of Dairy Technology, February 2008, Vol. 61, No. 1

Table of Contents

The Importance of Milk and Milk Products in the Diet

Nutrient Components of Milk and Milk Products

Nutrient Contribution of Milk and Milk Products

Recommendations to Include Milk and Milk Products in the Diet

Protecting the Quality of Milk and Other Dairy Foods

Kinds of Milk and Milk Products

Dairy Foods and Cardiovascular Health

Contribution of Milk and Milk Products to Fat, Saturated Fat, and Cholesterol Intake

Dairy Nutrients, Dairy Foods, and Coronary Heart Disease

Efficacy and Safety of Low-Fat, Low-Saturated Fat Diets

Dairy Foods and Hypertension

Dietary Patterns Including Dairy Foods and Blood Pressure

Dairy Food Nutrients and Blood Pressure

Other Lifestyle Modifications

Comprehensive Lifestyle Modifications and Blood Pressure: Putting It All Together

Dairy Foods and Cancer

Dairy Foods, Calcium, Vitamin D, and Prevention of Colon Cancer

Dairy Foods and Breast Cancer

Dairy Foods and Prostate Cancer

Dairy-Food Cultures and Cancer

Other Protective Components in Dairy Foods

Dairy Foods and Bone Health

Bone Basics

Risk Factors for Osteoporosis

Calcium, Dairy Products and Bone Health

Vitamin D and Bone Health

Protein and Bone Health

Additional Nutrients and Bone Health

The Dairy Advantage

Dairy Foods and Oral Health

Dental Caries and Tooth Enamel Erosion

Periodontal Disease

Dairy Foods and a Healthy Weight

Dairy Products and a Healthy Weight in Adults

Experimental Animal Studies

Potential Mechanisms

Dairy Products and Weight/Body Composition in Children and Adolescents

Lactose Digestion

Physiology of Lactose Digestion



Relationship between Lactose Maldigestion, Intolerance, and Milk Intolerance

Long-Term Consequences of Lactose Maldigestion

Strategies for Dietary Management of Primary Lactose Maldigestion

Treatment of Malnutrition/Diarrheal Disease in Children

Recommendations for Feeding Programs

Future Research Needs

Contribution of Dairy Foods to Health throughout the Life Cycle


Toddler and Preschool Years

School-Aged Child



Older Adults


Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
MEDICAL / Nutrition