IOM Sets New Calcium and Vitamin D Recommendations

Dec 14, 2010, 12:31 ET from Dairy Council of California

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 ( cookbook on the free family nutrition and meal-planning website 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:

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SOURCE Dairy Council of California