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Eating three servings a day of lowfat or fat-free dairy foods is an easy and inexpensive way to help build and maintain strong bones.

While the foundation for strong bones is established during childhood, calcium intake remains critical with age. Bones constantly re-form throughout life, so the calcium and other bone-building nutrients found in dairy products remain important long after the skeleton has stopped growing.

Extensive research suggests that calcium and dairy foods, as part of a healthy diet, may help:

  • Reduce the risk of osteoporosis
    More than 60 studies have shown that calcium intake increases bone mass during growth, reduces bone loss with age, and/or reduces fracture risk.1
  • Reduce hypertension
    Dairy nutrients such as calcium and vitamin D may play a role in regulating blood pressure and have been associated with a reduced risk of hypertension.2,3
  • Maintain a healthy weight
    People who consume more calcium and dairy foods have been shown in multiple observational studies to weigh less and/or have less body fat than those who consume little or no dairy.4,5,6,7


1- Heaney, RP. The importance of calcium intake for lifelong skeletal health. Calcified Tissue Int'l 2002; 70:70-73.

2- Wang L et al. Dietary intake of dairy products, calcium and vitamin D and the risk of hypertension in middle-aged and older women. Hypertension 2008; 51: 1-7.

3- Engerbrink MF et al. Inverse association between dairy intake and hypertension: the Rotterdam study. Am J Clin Nutr 2009; 89: 1877-83.

4- Shahar DR et al. Dairy calcium intake, serum vitamin D, and successful weight loss. Am J Clin Nutr 2010;92: 1017-1022.

5- Zemel MB et al. Dairy-rich diets augment fat loss on an energy-restricted diet: a multi-center trial. Nutrients 2009; 1(1): 83-100.

6- Wyatt HR et al. Weight loss in a community initiative that promotes decreased energy intake and increased physical activity and dairy consumption: calcium weighs in. J Phys Act Health 2008; 5(1): 28-44.

7- Heaney RP. Normalizing calcium intake: projected population effects for body weight. J Nutr 2003; 133: 268S-270S.