Nutritional Facts

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  • Less than 50 percent of children ages 2 to 8, and only 25 percent of kids ages 9 to 19, drink the recommended amount of milk each day. (1)
  • Kids who shun dairy rarely get the calcium they need (1)
  • Milk is a top source of high quality protein, with each cup delivering more protein than a large egg. (1)
  • Of the four nutrients that are of public health concern because Americans don’t get enough of them, three are in dairy foods (calcium, potassium, and vitamin D). (2,3)
  • Dairy has an important role in reducing chronic diseases (Gregory Miller, executive vice president of the National Dairy Council) (2)
  • Intake of dairy products is linked to improved bone health, and may reduce the risk of osteoporosis. (USDA, 4)
  • Intake of dairy products is especially important to bone health during childhood and adolescence (USDA, 4)
  • Intake of dairy products is also associated with a reduced risk of cardiovascular disease and type 2 diabetes, and with lower blood pressure in adults. (USDA, 4)
  • Consumption of low fat dairy products is recommended (USDA, 4)

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