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Dairy Facts

Milk is the #1 food source of calcium, vitamin D and potassium, nutrients identified by the Dietary Guidelines for Americans as lacking in children’s diets.

Many kids are still falling short on important nutrients they need, including some key nutrients in milk. In fact, 8 out of 10 Americans are falling short on the recommended servings of milk each day.

Milk is an excellent source of calcium, vitamin D, riboflavin and phosphorus, and a good source of protein, potassium, vitamin A, vitamin B12 and niacin.

9 out of 10 teen girls and 7 out of 10 teen boys don't get the calcium they need. More than half of kids and teens don't get enough phosphorus.

Chocolate milk contains the same nine essential nutrients as white milk, including vitamin D, calcium and potassium – "nutrients of concern" that most kids fail to get enough of, according to the Dietary Guidelines for Americans.

Research shows that flavored milk contributes just 3% of added sugars to kids’ diets versus sodas and fruit drinks, which account for close to half of the added sugar and deliver much less, if any nutritional value.

Nearly all (95%) 8-ounce servings of chocolate milk served in schools have 150 calories or less.

Milk may actually protect against the formation of kidney stones (NHS, 1990). It was suggested that the calcium in milk may bind to oxalates in food so that they can no longer be absorbed by the body, reducing the risk of kidney stones.