Dairy foods are a great source of calcium and some vitamins
and minerals. But seek out the low fat versions for good
health. Powdered milk has no fat, yet much calcium. Also,
powdered milk has far fewer germs than pasteurized bottled
Diets in Asia and other parts of the world are low in dairy
products, yet those countries have large populations,
mostly healthy if they have enough to eat.
In fact, many adults of Asian descent lack the enzymes
needed to digest dairy foods. Often, milk and cheese, etc.,
are replaced by soy foods.
If soy milk is used in place of dairy milk, high calcium
foods or supplements are needed in diet. Also, most
purchased soy milk contains sweeteners, which is not good.