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How dairy contributes to overal diet quality

How dairy contributes to overal diet quality

In this new study conducted in Brazil, dairy products emerge as an important source of different nutrients, containing only a small amount of added sugars.

142 grams per day

Dairy consumption was estimated for different age groups: 10-18 years, 19-59 years and 60+ years. It covered milk (including flavored milk), cheese and yogurt. The average consumption over 10 years and in all age groups has been evaluated at 142 g per day. In the 10-18 and 60+ age groups, yogurt consumption is higher in urban areas than in rural areas.

Vitamins and minerals

Despite a modest consumption of dairy products, the study shows that this category of products plays a significant role on nutritional intakes. It covers 6.1% of the total energy, supplies 7.3% of the protein intake and between 10.2% and 37.9% of the daily intake of calcium, vitamin D, phosphorous, Vitamin A and potassium. Furthermore, it has to be noticed that dairy products contribute only 4.3% to the intake of added sugars.

Source: “Daily intake of dairy products in Brazil and contributions to nutrient intakes: a cross-sectional study” by Mary M Murphy, Leila M Barraj, Lindsey D Toth, Laura S Harkness and Douglas R Bolster. (DOI: The article appears in Public Health Nutrition, Published online: 19 June 2015.

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