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Dairy Foods' Role in Supporting a Healthy Gut Microbiome

Research shows consuming fermented dairy foods as part of a healthy diet may improve gut health.


Dairy foods like milk, yogurt and cheese are key food sources for supporting a healthy gut because they have a unique dairy matrix that contains essential nutrients, bioactive compounds and other biological components that work together to support digestion, absorption and overall health. Eating yogurt and other fermented dairy foods as a part of healthy dietary pattern may improve gut health, which research shows helps improve immunity and reduce inflammation. 

Key Message and Research Summary Highlights


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