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Are You Getting Enough Dairy?

posted Jun 10, 2017, 6:00 AM by Tracy Ducker
How much dairy do I need?

We know that dairy is a good source of calcium and protein, but how much of it do you actually need? That all depends on your age – so check out the table from MyPlate below:

Daily Dairy Recommendation

Children

2-3 years old

2 cups

Women

19-30 years old

3 cups

4-8 years old

2 ½ cups

31-50 years old

3 cups

Girls

9-13 years old

3 cups

51+ years old

3 cups

14-18 years old

3 cups

Men

19-30 years old

3 cups

Boys

9-13 years old

3 cups

31-50 years old

3 cups

14-18 years old

3 cups

51+ years old

3 cups

 

What does 1 cup of dairy mean?

In general, 1 cup worth of dairy is equivalent to (for more dairy equivalents click here):

·         1 cup of milk, yogurt, or soymilk (soy beverage)

·         1 ½ ounces of natural cheese

·         2 ounces processed cheese

Although our most recent Dietary Guidelines still call for fat-free or low-fat milk, yogurt and cheese as your preferred choices; more recent research is finding that fat in dairy may not be the enemy. So stay tuned as recommendations may change in the near future. In the meantime, enjoy! 

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