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Replace whole milk with low-fat (1%) or non-fat (skim) milk

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Milk is an excellent source of calcium for building strong and healthy bones. Low-fat and non-fat milk deliver a lot of calcium, protein, and other nutrients the body needs without the fat and extra calories you don't need.

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  • Milk contains vitamins and other nutrients that contribute to good health, but it also contains calories. Drink low-fat (1%) or fat-free non-fat (skim) milk rather than whole or reduced-fat (2%) milk to reduce the calories it provides by as much as 50%.
  • Switch to low-fat or fat-free milk not only in your cereal bowl but in your coffee as well. If you drink lattes or cappuccinos, try them prepared with skim milk.
  • Try unsweetened soy, almond, or rice beverages fortified with calcium and vitamin D if you have trouble digesting lactose.
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Currently, Americans consume less than 60% of the recommended intake for milk and milk products.