By Stephenie “Remedi” Lai, Staff Writer

Happy National Dairy Month!

What is National Dairy Month? June is dedicated to reminding us of the importance of dairy products in our diets, as well as keeping up a good overall health regimen.

Why are dairy products so important to our health? Low fat dairy products (i.e. milk, yogurt, cheese) help control our body fat, reducing obesity. High calcium diets with three servings of dairy products have been shown to reduce obesity by 80 percent. Combined with 8 to 10 servings of vegetables and low sodium intake, dairy products also aid in lowering blood pressure. Additional research shows that calcium may reduce the risk of colon tumors, as well.

On the other hand, dairy products may not be favorable to those who are lactose intolerant. This means that your body is unable to sufficiently digest lactose, a sugar found in milk and other dairy products. This condition is more common among adults, as well as minorities.

Luckily, dairy foods are not the only source of calcium. You can replace dairy products with many other fruits and vegetables to get the same amount of calcium in your diet. Check out this link for a list of high-calcium non-dairy foods: http://www.healthdiaries.com/eatthis/15-non-dairy-foods-high-in-calcium.html.

We want you all to take the month of June to take care of your bodies and your health. Although some people may not be able to celebrate National Dairy Month, there are some great substitutes for dairy . Just for fun, we have included a non-dairy cake recipe so we can all celebrate National Dairy Month together!

Want to learn more about dairy products, health and wellness, and even lactose intolerance? Check out the National Dairy Council.

 

Non-Dairy Chocolate Cake Recipe (Source: http://www.food.com/recipe/non-dairy-chocolate-cake-45471)

Ingredients:

◦  3 cups flour

◦  2 cups sugar

◦  6 tablespoons cocoa

◦  2 teaspoons baking soda

◦  1 teaspoon salt

◦  2 tablespoons vinegar

◦  3/4 cup canola oil ( almost any kind of cooking oil will do)

◦  2 teaspoons vanilla

◦  2 cups water

Directions:

  1. Sift first 5 ingredients together in an ungreased 9×13-inch pan.
  2. Make 3 wells and in each hole place the next 3 ingredients.
  3. Pour 2 cups of water over top mix with a fork or wire whisk.
  4. Bake at 350° for 30-35 minutes.

 

Photo credit:  http://www.anglindairy.net/2011/05/dairy-farmers-party.html