How many servings of dairy do I need in a day?

How many servings of dairy do I need in a day?

Eat 3 servings of daily a day.

The USDA recommends this amount if you consume 1600 – 2800 calories per day.

1 serving of dairy is equal to:

  • 1 cup of milk or yogurt
  • 1½ ounces of natural cheese (cheddar cheese)
  • 2 ounces of processed cheese (American cheese)

What kind of dairy products should I eat?
What counts as a serving of dairy?

U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and U.S. Department of Agriculture: Dietary Guidelines for Americans 2005.

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