Enjoying three daily servings of low-fat or fat-free milk, cheese or yogurt, as recommended by the Dietary Guidelines for Americans, is a delicious way to improve your overall diet, get more nutrients and improve bone health.
In fact, studies show nutrient-rich dairy foods, when consumed as part of a healthy diet, may help reduce the risk of diseases such as osteoporosis, hypertension, heart disease and Type 2 diabetes.
A nutrient powerhouse
Milk and milk products are such a practical source of essential nutrients that it’s difficult for most people to meet recommendations for key nutrients without consuming at least three servings daily.
Milk, cheese and yogurt provide a unique package of nutrients that are important for good health, including calcium, potassium, phosphorus, magnesium, zinc, protein, vitamin A, vitamin D, vitamin B12 and riboflavin.
And, milk is the single greatest source of three of the four nutrients the Dietary Guidelines identified as lacking in the American diet – calcium, vitamin D and potassium.
Add one more to fill nutrient gaps
Experts recommend three servings of low-fat or fat-free dairy foods every day, yet most us need to add one daily serving of nutrient-rich dairy to help meet recommendations and fill nutrient gaps. One milk group serving is equal to:
- An one cup (one eight-ounce glass of milk)
- A six- or eight-ounce serving of yogurt
- 1 1/2 ounces of natural cheese or 2 ounces of processed cheese
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