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Ask A Nutritionist: Why is Dairy an Important Food Group?

By: Maria Frye, RDN

  • Wednesday, June 2, 2021
  • 1 Minute Read   

In this episode of Ask a Nutritionist, Registered Dietitian Nutritionist Maria Frye answers the question, "Why is dairy an important food group?”

Nutrition has a big impact on the health and wellbeing of people from birth to adulthood. The current 2020-2025 dietary guidelines reinforce the important role dairy foods play in eating patterns throughout life because they are a great source of nutrients, including four nutrients of public health concern: potassium, calcium and vitamin D, as well as iodine for pregnant women. 

By encouraging the consumption of milk and dairy foods, we can close existing nutrient gaps with the number and type of milk and dairy foods available that provide many options to meet personal needs, tastes and cultural preferences.

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Ask a Nutritionist is an educational video series developed by Dairy Council of California and hosted by registered dietitian nutritionists for educational and informational purposes only. It does not provide individualized nutrition advice and is not intended to be a substitute for recommendations made by your doctor, registered dietitian nutritionist or other health professional. Always seek the guidance of your health care professionals for any specific questions you may have regarding your health or medical condition. If you wish to seek clarification,  please don’t hesitate to get in touch with us.

Maria Frye, RDN

Maria Frye, RDN

Maria Frye is a Community Nutrition Adviser who builds relationships and collaborative opportunities with key influencers.

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