Very low dairy intake in older Irish adults

A recent study by researchers from Trinity College Dublin found that older Irish adults are not meeting the recommended daily servings of dairy.

Data from the Trinity Ulster Department of Agriculture (TUDA) aging cohort of Irish adults aged 60 years and over were analysed. A total of 4,317 participants were included in the study. Dairy intake was assessed using a modified food frequency questionnaire, participants were asked if they consumed milk, cheese and yoghurt and if so how often they consumed them. Daily intake serving of dairy was then calculated from this.

Overall only 3.5% of the population achieved the recommended daily dairy intake of three or more servings per day. Males were lower consumers of dairy in comparison to females. 2.4% of males met the daily recommended serving of dairy in comparison to 4% of females. Biomarkers of vitamin B12, B2, B6 and folate were poorer in those with lower dairy intakes.

These results suggest that older adults are not aware of the protective health effects of dairy consumption and the variety of nutrients which dairy products supply (including calcium, B-vitamins and Vitamins A and D).

 

Posted: 05/12/2016 12:03:45 by Anne Parle
Filed under: Cheese, Dairy, Health, Milk, Nutrition, Yoghurt


 

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