Dairy and Kids – The Why and How! (video)

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Dairy and Kids – The Why and How! (video)

Dairy For Your Child – Why and How (video)
By Nurse Kimberly


Why is dairy such an important part of a child’s diet? One of the main reasons is that dairy is loaded with calcium. Calcium is a key ingredient in a child’s development and growth of strong bones. Unfortunately, most children and teens do not get the recommended amount of calcium that their bodies need. From toddler years to teen years the suggested daily amounts of calcium change. Check with your child’s pediatrician to find out how much calcium your child should have every day.

There are many different foods you can feed your child that will insure their bones are rich in calcium. Milk (skim milk is best), low fat and part skim cheeses, low fat and fat free yogurt, and cottage cheese are some of the most common dairy foods/beverages that contain calcium. 

Some other foods that will provide your child with the calcium they need are broccoli, sweet potatoes, oatmeal, spinach and  oranges. These foods are also rich in fiber which makes them an even better choice. Fiber is important for your child’s digestive health and helps to prevent constipation. 

The video above elaborates further on specific food examples that are good sources of calcium and dairy for your child’s diet. Try to avoid chocolate milk and calcium fortified orange juice. Both of these beverages have calcium but they also have over double the amount of sugar that an eight ounce glass of skim milk has. It is always good to be aware of what you are feeding your child! 

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