The Push for Getting Teens More Dairy

The Push for Getting Teens More Dairy

Skipping out on the glass of milk could mean more than a teen thinks.

By: Nancy Ripton

When was the last time you saw your daughter grab a glass of milk? If you can’t remember, you’re not alone.

According to a study in the Journal of Nutrition Education and Behavior, 72 per cent of teen girls and 55 percent of teen boys have calcium intakes lower than the recommended 1,300 milligrams per day.

This failure to get enough calcium in the teen years can result in osteoporosis and other chronic problems later in life.


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“Teenagers should drink two cups of milk a day, plus have one to two servings of additional calcium sources,” says Stefanie senior, a registered dietician and nutritionist in Toronto.

If your daughter has a milk allergy or doesn’t like milk, substitute other foods that are high in calcium, vitamin D and protein. Soy and almond milk, sesame seeds, and canned salmon with the bones are all great alternatives.

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