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8 answers to common questions about dairy you were too embarrassed to ask

INSIDER Logo By Caroline Praderio of INSIDER | Slide 1 of 9: Dairy has a complicated reputation. You've probably heard dairy talked up as a health-promoting food group, rich in calcium to keep bones strong. But dairy is outright eliminated in fad diets that also claim to be healthy. Some dairy foods, like cheese and ice cream, are rich in saturated fat, the type many experts still advise limiting. And some people - particularly vegans - argue that, given high levels of lactose intolerance in certain populations, humans aren't meant to consume dairy at all.  All this confusion can (very understandably) leave you wondering whether dairy foods like milk and cheese and yogurt are good or bad for you. To answer that question (and more), INSIDER turned to registered dietitian Georgie Fear, author of "Lean Habits for Lifelong Weight Loss," and Dr. Caroline Apovian, director of nutrition and weight management at Boston Medical Center. Here's what you need to know about dairy's place in your diet.

Dairy has a complicated reputation.

You've probably heard dairy talked up as a health-promoting food group, rich in calcium to keep bones strong. But dairy is outright eliminated in fad diets that also claim to be healthy. Some dairy foods, like cheese and ice cream, are rich in saturated fat, the type many experts still advise limiting. And some people - particularly vegans - argue that, given high levels of lactose intolerance in certain populations, humans aren't meant to consume dairy at all.

All this confusion can (very understandably) leave you wondering whether dairy foods like milk and cheese and yogurt are good or bad for you.

To answer that question (and more), INSIDER turned to registered dietitian Georgie Fear, author of "Lean Habits for Lifelong Weight Loss," and Dr. Caroline Apovian, director of nutrition and weight management at Boston Medical Center.

Here's what you need to know about dairy's place in your diet.

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