2006 Student Research Conference:
19th Annual Student Research Conference

Science

An Inquiry into the Nutritional Merit of Dairy
Chaeli A. Dougherty
Dr. Cynthia Cooper, Faculty Mentor

Dairy has been considered an imperative part of a nutritious diet for the past century. Currently consumption of dairy is on the rise in the United States. However, contemporaneous to the rise of dairy intake has been the rise in studies showing not only limited benefits of dairy consumption, but also adverse effects. Many studies have shown that an increase in dairy consumption can lead to osteoporosis, cardiovascular disease, several cancers, and increased prevalence of lactose intolerance in a population. After extensive research, I’m led to believe that dairy foods are not essential for human health and may be supplemented by vitamins or vegetables which contain calcium needed for bone production, as well as many other essential nutrients. My presentation will summarize my research to date and plans for future research, and will give students the opportunity to better understand dairy and its nutritional merit.

Keywords: Dairy, Consumption, Nutritional Merit, adverse effects, not essential

Topic(s):Biology

Presentation Type: Oral Paper

Session: 8-3
Location: VH 1000
Time: 8:45

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