Agroscope, Institute for Plant Production Sciences IPS, 1260 Nyon, Switzerland

Milk and dairy products – from birth to death

Depending on age, human beings have different needs for nutrients which can be supplied only through a varied diet. Milk and dairy products play a very important part in the human diet thanks to their composition in different nutritive elements. Among the most important elements are the proteins, linoleic acids, short chain fatty acids, sphingolipids as well as vitamins A, B2 and B12. As regards minerals, calcium is particularly important and without a regular consumption of milk and dairy products, it is almost impossible to cover the nutritional needs. Lactic acid bacteria, used in the processing of cultured dairy foods, are also important for human health and have a multitude of effects on human physiology.

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