Commonly Asked Dairy Questions
Courtesy of Crowley Foods
Q. How long are dairy products good for once I open them?
A. Most dairy products remain fresh for 5 - 7 days after they are opened.
Q. What temperature should I store my dairy products at?
A. ALWAYS be sure to keep dairy products refrigerated at temperatures between 36 - 40 degrees. NEVER store dairy products above 45 degrees.
Q. What is Lactose Intolerance?
A. People suffering from Lactose Intolerance do not produce enough lactase, the enzyme that digests the main sugar in milk, and experience adverse reactions to milk consumption. Because the milk sugar they consume can not be totally digested and absorbed, gas, bloating or diarrhea may result.
Q. How can I get enough calcium if I am Lactose Intolerant?
A. There are many lactose reduced or lactose free milks available for people suffering from lactose intolerance. Also, many people can eat other forms of dairy products, such as yogurt, to get enough calcium.
Q. What are the active cultures in yogurt?
A. Yogurt contains many live yogurt Cultures, such as L. acidophilus, B. bifidus, S. thermophilus, and L. bulgaricus, which aid in digestion, help boost the immune system, and help to relieve some vaginal infections.
Q. Why do I need calcium in my diet?
A. Calcium is one of the body's most important minerals. It plays a key role in building and keeping strong, healthy bones, helping muscles to function properly, helping blood to clot, and helping nerves to send messages throughout the body. When the body does not get enough calcium, the chances of getting osteoporosis greatly increase. A diet with adequate calcium has also been shown to reduce the risk of high blood pressure and other serious diseases.
Q. How can I get more calcium in my diet?
A. To get your Recommended Daily Allowance of calcium, you should make sure to consume three servings a day. Dairy products are a great, delicious, easy way to make sure that you get enough calcium. One serving equals:
8 oz. milk
8 oz. yogurt
1 oz. natural cheese
2 oz. processed cheese