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Dairy Food Group



Dairy Food Group

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     challenging words:    calcium-fortified, intolerance, tolerate, low-fat, teens, maintain, intolerant, mass, fluid, cheddar, cases, cottage, benefits, group, condition, phosphorus


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Dairy Food Group
By Meg Leonard
  

1     Foods in the dairy food group help your body in many ways. All fluid milk products and many foods made from milk are considered part of this food group. It is recommended that most foods eaten from this group be either non-fat or low-fat. If a food made from milk keeps its calcium content, such as cheese and yogurt, then it is part of the dairy food group. If a food made from milk does not keep its calcium content, such as butter, cream, or cream cheese, then it is not part of the dairy food group. Girls and boys ages nine to thirteen should eat or drink three cups of dairy each day. In most cases, one cup of a dairy group food counts as a one-cup serving. There are some exceptions to this rule. For example, one-and-one-half ounces of a hard cheese, such as cheddar or Swiss, one-third cup of shredded cheese, and two cups of cottage cheese all count as a one-cup serving of a dairy group food.
 
2     Eating dairy foods helps your body in many ways. Calcium found in dairy foods is used for building bones and teeth, as well as keeping the bones you already have strong. It is really important for children and teens to eat foods containing calcium while they are growing because this is when bone mass develops. Many .....
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