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Nutrition Information

Q: What benefits does milk provide, other than helping to build and strengthen bones?
A: Beyond building strong bones and preventing osteoporosis, recent research shows that eating lowfat dairy food has many health benefits, including helping to reduce your risk of high blood pressure as well as to help better manage your weight by aiding in the body's metabolism.
Q: At what age is it important to drink milk?
A. Starting at age one, it is recommended that people of all ages get 3 servings of dairy every day. The National Academy of Sciences recommends the following calcium intake levels:
  • Kids ages 1-3 need 500 mg of calcium a day, the equivalent of about two 8-oz. glasses of milk.
  • Kids ages 4-8 need 800 mg of calcium a day, or about three 8-oz. glasses of milk.
  • Teens ages 9-18 need 1,300 mg of calcium a day, or about four 8-oz. glasses of milk.
  • Adults ages 19-50 need 1,000 mg of calcium a day, the equivalent of drinking at least three 8-oz. glasses of milk.
  • Adults over the age of 50 need 1,200 mg of calcium a day, the equivalent of drinking four 8-oz. glasses of milk.
Q: What nutrients are provided in milk?
A: Milk provides eight nutrients essential for good health. Milk is one of the best sources of calcium because it also provides vitamin D, which helps the body absorb calcium. Milk is also an excellent source of riboflavin and phosphorus and a good source of potassium, vitamin A, vitamin B12, niacin and protein.