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IDF Factsheet 003/ 2019 Matrix: The importance of the dairy (food) matrix in the evaluation of the nutritional quality and health effects of food


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It is increasingly recognized that the effects of milk and dairy foods on health extend beyond the benefits of the individual nutrients they contain. Rather, the unique combination of nutrients and bioactive factors, and how they interact with each other in the dairy matrix, combine to produce the overall effect on health.

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