According to the Dietary Guidelines, most adults and children should consume at least 3 cups of fat-free or low-fat milk, or equivalent amounts of yogurt or cheese daily. This is in combination with a healthy diet and is based on getting 2,000 calories. Children aged 2 - 3 need 2 cups per day and children 4 – 8 need 2 ½ cups per day. The guidelines note that milk is the number one food source of three of the four nutrients often lacking in the American diet: calcium, vitamin D and potassium.
- - Milk Group* foods are a core part of healthy dietary patterns recommended by the 2010 Dietary Guidelines for Americans (DGA)1. The DGA recommends 3 cups of lowfat or fat-free milk and milk products daily for those 9 years or older, 2.5 servings for those 4-8 years old, and 2 servings for those 2-3 years old1. Americans are currently consuming about 2 dairy servings per day on average (1.8)2, and adding one more can help meet DGA recommendations.
- - National Dairy Council partners with top universities and other research facilities across the United States to support nutrition research efforts and provide the most current and cutting-edge scientific information available. Below you’ll find reviews and summaries of dairy-related studies on topics such as weight management, bone health, lactose intolerance, cardiovascular health, protein, child/adolescent health and more.
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