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Milk, yoghurt, cheese and / or their alternatives ( mostly reduced fat ) | Eat For Health

Low or reduced fat milk, yoghurt and cheese choices are recommended for most people two years and over. Most Australians consume only about half the recommended quantity of milk products or alternatives, but eat too many full fat varieties, which can increase the kilojoules and the saturated fat content of the diet. Reduced fat varieties of milks are not suitable as a milk drink for children under the age of two due to their high energy needs required for growth. For nearly everyone else (over the age of two) this is the best choice.

Read more on NHMRC – National Health and Medical Research Council website

Calcium-boosting ideas for your diet - MyDr.com.au

The recommended daily intake of calcium for adults and teenagers varies between 1000 mg and 1300 mg, this means between 3 and 5 serves of dairy each day should provide enough calcium.

Read more on myDr website

Milk and Milk Products (Dairy Products) | myVMC

Children and adolescents should be encouraged to consume milk products because this is the period of their lives in which they are building their peak bone mass and developing lifelong habits. This article highlights the benefits of milk and milk products, as well as common misconceptions.

Read more on myVMC – Virtual Medical Centre website

Plant-based milks | Dietitians Australia

Plant-based milks have emerged as a non-dairy alternative to cow’s milk, and can be a safe and healthy choice from childhood to adulthood. But which is the best one to meet your needs? Here we take a look at some of the options available.

Read more on Dietitians Australia website

How much food at 6 to 12 months?

When you start to introduce solids at around 6 months-old, your baby will discover new tastes and textures. This handy guide will get you started.

Read more on Pregnancy, Birth & Baby website

Asthma and dairy foods - MyDr.com.au

This special feature explores the asthma and dairy foods debate. Find out if milk is safe for your child with asthma.

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Donor Milk - Miracle Babies

The World Health Organisation recommends that donated breast milk is a better alternative to infant formula when mothers own milk (your babys optimum food) is not available

Read more on Miracle Babies Foundation website

What is a serve? | Eat For Health

The Australian dietary guidelines group foods together that share similar nutrients, this creates the five food groups. For example milk, cheese and yogurt are all good sources of calcium, riboflavin, protein and B12. Within each food group the Australian dietary guidelines identifies the serve size of different foods that have roughly the same amount of key nutrients and kilojoules but that also reflect the amount of food commonly eaten in Australia, for example one piece of whole fruit or one slice of bread.

Read more on NHMRC – National Health and Medical Research Council website

Cheese in the diet - MyDr.com.au

Cheese is a good source of protein, calcium, vitamins and minerals and is a good way to fulfil one of the 2-3 recommended daily serves of dairy.

Read more on myDr website

Nutrition and older adults | Nutrition Australia

As we get older, nutrition becomes even more important. Learn how to support health in old age with good nutrition.

Read more on Nutrition Australia website

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