Dairy Food Group
By: Kiley McManaman
Why is the dairy food group important?
Milk and dairy foods are healthy foods and considered nutrient-rich because they serve as good sources of calcium and vitamin D as well as protein and other essential nutrients. They provide phosphorus, potassium, magnesium, and vitamins A, B12, and riboflavin.
The calcium in milk, yogurt, and cheese is significant yet most people don't get enough calcium or vitamin D each day. Getting the recommended three servings of dairy per day can help build bone mass, leading to improved bone health throughout the life cycle.
Bones to lose calcium (minerals)
Bones to become fragile
and bones to break easily
Osteoporosis is a preventable disease
Build healthy bones while young
Have a healthy diet
Have a healthy lifestyle
Get your daily recommended amounts of calcium and vitamin D.
Engage in regular weight bearing exercise.
Avoid smoking & excessive alcohol.
Talk to your doctor about your bone health.
Plus supplement calcium if necessary.
Healthy Food Options
Yogurt (Fat-Free or Low-Fat)
Ice Cream or Custard (Low-Fat or Fat-Free)
"List of Healthy Dairy Products." LIVESTRONG.COM. LIVESTRONG.COM, 09 Jan. 2014. Web. 12 Oct. 2015.