More than half of Australians consume butter and milk products, according to the Australian Dairy Council (ADC), with the rest of the world accounting for the rest.
Key points:A study conducted by the Australian Institute of Nutrition found that 75 per cent of Australians eat butter and 95 per cent milk productsA study by the National Institute for Health and Welfare (NICE) found that over half of people consume butter, milk and milk-based productsA recent NICE study found that up to a third of adults in Australia are likely to consume some type of dairy productNutrition Facts for Butter and Milk for 2017-18: 1,200 calories, 1,300 calories from fat, 30g protein, 4g fibre, 5g sugar, 11g saturated fatA report by the Nutrition Facts for Dairy product Council (NDFDC) found the average adult consumes around 1,000 calories from butter and dairy products each day.
“The average adult is about as fat-sensitive as the average person,” says Sarah Smith, a nutrition consultant at the National Dairy Council.
“So when they have the option of eating dairy products, it is not surprising that they do.”
Butter and milk are both rich sources of protein, calcium, iron, zinc, B vitamins, vitamin A and vitamin C.
They’re also rich sources and sources of fibre, vitamin K and magnesium, which help to protect against heart disease, arthritis and dementia.
Butter is a rich source of calcium, vitamin D, vitamin B12, folate and magnesium.
The Institute of Food Technologists (IFT) found butter, particularly from milk, is particularly high in fibre.
“As it is high in soluble fibre, it has the advantage of being low in sugar,” Ms Smith says.
“We have a much higher proportion of fibre in butter than in milk.”
But it is important to consider the source of the butter before choosing the type.
“For example, if it is from a milk producer, they should have the highest quality butter,” she says.”[Butter] comes from a cow, so there’s a lot of processing involved in the processing of milk, so it should be of a high quality.”
However, it’s important to note that butter is not the only dairy product that can contain fat.
“You also get dairy products such as milk powder, butter, yoghurt, yogurt and yoghurts,” Ms Wright says.
This includes yogurt, milk, cream cheese and cheese products.
“Butter, milk products and yoahurt are also high in saturated fat, so this is not a good idea if you’re trying to reduce your cholesterol.”
If you’re not able to eat any dairy products while pregnant, it can be difficult to know which is right for you.
“If you want to eat dairy products that are high in fat, then you should definitely avoid butter and other dairy products,” Ms Williams says.
However, there are other ways to choose the right dairy product.
“It can be easier to choose milk from a dairy farm, or if you have a lactose intolerance, there is also milk that’s naturally lactose-free,” Ms Cook says.
But if you can’t get dairy from a farm, you can still choose to avoid products that have high fat and sugar content.
“There are many dairy products which have a lot more fat than other milk products.
So, it might be a good thing to avoid dairy products with a lot higher fat content,” Ms Burns says.