Dairy products are a source of protein, vitamins and minerals and are associated with various health effects. Full-fat dairy products, such as milk, cheese, yoghurt and cream, contain relatively high levels of saturated fat.
Dairy products that are lower in fat, such as buttermilk, low-fat quark, semi-skimmed milk and low-fat yoghurt, are a good alternative. You could also try putting a little less cheese in your sandwich.
Dairy products and your health
There are health effects associated with dairy products.
Consuming large quantities of dairy products increases the risk of prostate cancer
There are studies that show a link between consuming a lot of dairy products and a slightly higher risk of developing prostate cancer.
This is probably due to the presence of the mineral calcium in dairy products. Please note, however, that calcium is important for a number of processes in the body. Limit your total dairy consumption to a maximum of two or three portions a day.
iGene offers you an insight into your personal risks of developing conditions and tells you whether dairy products may also have a negative effect on your health. In addition, an iGene Passport provides you with information on what else you can do to reduce any risks. Here we focus on behaviour that will help you maximise the benefits to your health. In the publication below you can read more about what iGene can do for you.