Sunday, June 2, 2013

June is Dairy Month -- How Much Dairy Should Young Children Consume?

From the USDA and its Choose My Plate program concerning milk and young children: 

Milk and milk products provide many vital nutrients that your preschooler needs for growth.  Milk is a good choice to offer as a beverage at meals and snacks. 

While some children don't drink enough milk, others sometimes prefer to fill up on milk and avoid other important foods. Preschoolers need about 2 to 2 ½ cups from the dairy group each day. Help your child get enough but not too much milk.

Choose fat-free or low-fat milk.  These have the same amounts of calcium, protein,  and vitamin D as whole or 2% milk, but less saturated fat and calories.

All types of fluid milk are typically fortified with vitamin D. Some yogurts are also fortified with vitamin D. Vitamin-D fortified products help build and maintain bones.

Make sure you serve only pasteurized milk (not raw milk) to preschoolers.

1 comment:

  1. Sometimes I wonder about the USDA recommendation. We grew up drinking whole milk, cream on the top and lots of it. We were rail thin!