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MyPlate – Move to Low-Fat and Fat-Free Dairy

June was “Dairy Month” and a reminder for us to make recommended Dairy (or alternate) choices a day. For most of us over the age 9, that is 3 times a day. The time our bones are actively growing during youth and adolescence is the time we can build a foundation that lasts a lifetime.

Because sweetened milk products are often the food or beverage of choice making a move to less sugary, low-fat beverages is a healthy move and a Healthy6 “Drink Think” habit.

In general, 1 cup of milk, yogurt, or calcium fortified soymilk (soy beverage), 1 ½ ounces of natural cheese, or 2 ounces of processed cheese can be considered as 1 cup from the Dairy Group. For recommended amounts, MyPlate guidelines for kids (and adults) over the age of 9, include 3 servings of dairy per day. When they (flavored milk, yogurt, drinkable yogurt, desserts) are chosen, the intake of added sugars can quickly stack up. For example, 8 ounces sweetened, flavored milk will usually provide 3 teaspoons sugar and 8 ounces low-fat fruit flavored yogurt has about 7 teaspoons of sugar.