IOM Sets New Calcium and Vitamin D Recommendations
Meet the Requirements with Milk, Not Pills, With Recipe Suggestions From Dairy Council of California
SACRAMENTO, Calif., Dec. 14, 2010 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Recently, the Institute of Medicine (IOM) examined and reconfirmed the importance of calcium and vitamin D throughout life in a report titled "Dietary Reference Intakes for Calcium and Vitamin D."
The review of scientific evidence confirms the important role that calcium and vitamin D play in the development and maintenance of strong bones at every age. As a result, the committee increased daily vitamin D recommendations for all ages and daily calcium recommendations for children ages 1 to 8 years.
"The bottom-line message from the IOM's highly technical report is that most people can meet these new recommendations through food sources, not supplements," said Lori Hoolihan , Ph.D., R.D., Nutrition Research Specialist with Dairy Council of California. "Because very high intakes of calcium and vitamin D do not provide greater benefit and can potentially cause harm, the report cautioned against the use of dietary supplements."
One cup of milk contains 100 international units (IU) of vitamin D and 300 milligrams of calcium. Three 8-ounce glasses of low-fat or fat-free milk can provide most people with the majority of the calcium and half of the vitamin D recommended daily by the IOM. Additional vitamin D can be obtained from salmon, tuna, sardines, fortified foods and by exposing the skin to sunlight.
"This is great news for budget-conscious consumers," said Andrea Garen , Registered Dietitian with Dairy Council of California. "At less than $0.25 per serving, drinking milk is an efficient and affordable way to meet these new recommendations. Plus, milk is a versatile ingredient with a wide range of uses in recipes for healthy, budget-friendly meals."
To help families meet the new daily calcium and vitamin D recommendations with food, not pills, Garen compiled a Bone Building Makes Sense With Milk (http://www.mealsmatter.org/Cookbooks/DCC/bonebuildingrecipes/) cookbook on the free family nutrition and meal-planning website MealsMatter.org. With 50 entrees, beverages, snacks and desserts, the online cookbook offers plenty of options for the whole family.
For more information on the IOM report, visit: http://www.dairycouncilofca.org/blog/post/2010/12/06/Making-Sense-of-the-New-Calcium-and-Vitamin-D-Recommendations.aspx.
About Meals Matter
Meals Matter is a free family nutrition and meal-planning website staffed by registered dietitians with Dairy Council of California. Healthy Eating Made Easier®.
About Dairy Council of California
Through its nutrition-education programs, Dairy Council of California promotes nutrient-rich choices from all the food groups and regular physical activity as the foundation for optimal health. Healthy Eating Made Easier®.
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