February 2 sees the start of National Dairy Week 2009, and The Dairy Council wants people to be aware of the importance of including nutrient-rich dairy products in their diets.
The best way to get all the nutrients, vitamins and minerals the body needs is to eat a healthy balanced diet. This involves eating lots of fruit and vegetables, and making starchy foods such as wholegrain bread, pasta and rice the centre focus of a meal. Milk and dairy foods are also very important as they provide the body with an impressive combination of nutrients, many of which are essential.
Dr Judith Bryans, director of The Dairy Council, said: “Everyone requires good nutrition; however, some people fall short of meeting their nutritional needs. Eating a healthy balanced diet can help combat this and dairy foods fit very well into a healthy eating pattern.”
National recommendations for the daily calcium intake of a healthy adult are 700mg/day. Breastfeeding women require more calcium, while children’s requirements for calcium will depend on their age and gender.
For more details about dairy nutrition, National Dairy Week 2009, and a complete table of the Reference Nutrient Intakes (RNI)* for calcium visit The Dairy Council’s website: www.milk.co.uk.
To mark National Dairy Week we’ve been given a fabulous children’s goodie bag to give away.
To enter, simply e-mail the answer to the following question to firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com, along with your names, address and telephone number. Please entitle your e-mail 'Milk Competition'.
What mineral is contained in dairy produce?