Milk & Dairy

Glass of milk

Foods in this group provide calcium and are very important for our bones, teeth and muscles. Teenagers need a lot of calcium in their diet this is because you are growing a lot. Once you stop growing it is not so easy to get calcium into your bones, so if you don’t get enough as a teenager your bones may become weak as an adult. Not getting enough calcium can also make our teeth weak and may mean that our muscles cannot work properly


Nutrients Provided

The main nutrients provided by this group of foods are:

  • Calcium
  • Protein
  • B vitamins like riboflavin, vitamin B6 and B12
  • Vitamin A
  • Vitamin D

Practical Advice

  • Eat and drink at least 4 portions from this group and choose lower fat versions where possible.
  • Choose semi-skimmed or skimmed milk, low-fat yogurts, fromage frais and reduced fat cheeses.

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