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Dairy's role in the diet

Milk, cheese and yogurt

Dairy’s important place in the diet

Dairy products are important sources of many nutrients in Americans’ diets even though current intakes are below those recommended in the 2010 Dietary Guidelines for Americans.


On average, Americans consume 1.8 daily servings of dairy foods, which includes one serving (one cup) of milk. A single serving of milk is an important source of many nutrients in the American diet, while providing only 5 percent of total recommended daily calories.


Cheese makes significant nutrient contributions to the diets of Americans. Many cheeses are excellent sources of calcium and good sources of high-quality protein and phosphorus, three nutrients particularly important to help build and maintain healthy bones.


It’s true! Breakfasts that include more milk are linked to higher daily intakes of vitamin D, calcium and potassium.
Little girl with milk