Tuesday, September 28, 2010
Myth: 2% milk has more vitamins and minerals than non-fat milk.
Milk and milk products provide calcium and vitamin D which are important for normal growth. Children and adults should consume enough dairy products to build and maintain healthy teeth and bones.
The Dietary Guidelines for Americans recommends 2 cups or equivalent per day of low-fat or fat-free milk for children ages 2-8 years. For children over 9 years and adults, the recommendation is 3 cups or equivalent per day.
Visit the Missouri Families website for tips on increasing your calcium intake. To learn more about milk, see the milk food gallery on the MyPyramid website.
Guest Contributor: Eva Hightaian, Nutrition Intern at the University of Missouri
Co-Author: Donna Mehrle, MPH, RD, LD, firstname.lastname@example.org, University of Missouri Extension