Are your kids missing out on dairy foods?

Compare the two options and see what a difference including dairy foods in your kids diet makes.


The lunchbox with two serves of dairy foods provides:

  • Six times the amount of Calcium  or nearly 70% of a child’s daily calcium needs (i)
  • Almost double the amount of Protein  or 100% of a child’s daily protein needs (i)

  • Higher amounts of 8 other important nutrients (Vitamin A, Vitamin B12, Riboflavin, Potassium, Magnesium, Zinc, Phosphorus, Carbohydrate) for growing kids

  • Foods from the 5 recommended food groups:
    . Fruit
    . Vegetables
    . Grain (cereal) foods
    . Dairy foods (milk, cheese, yogurt) or alternatives*
    . Lean meat/poultry/fish/eggs/nuts

It's hard to believe but six out of 10 kids aren't meeting the recommendations for the dairy food group (including milk, cheese, yogurt and alternatives). (ii) The foods in this group are an excellent source of calcium; very few other foods in the Australian diet contain as much of this important nutrient.(iii) 

How much is a serve of dairy?


    Find out how much of the dairy food group your kids need every day here.

    For easy, delicious recipes to include more dairy in your kids' day visit The Dairy Kitchen.

    (i) NHMRC Nutrient Reference Values (NRVs) for Australia and New Zealand, 2006. Canberra, ACT. Calculations based on requirements for girls aged 12 years.
    (ii) Baird D, Riley M and Hendrie G (2013) Are children meeting the 2013 dietary recommendations for dairy food intake? Secondary analysis of the 2007 Australian National Children’s Nutrition and Physical Activity Survey: CSIRO, Australia.
    (iii) NHMRC (2013) Australian Dietary Guidelines. Canberra, Australia.

    *Alternatives include 1 cup (250 ml) of soy beverage or beverages made from rice or other cereals which contain at least 100mg calcium per 100 ml.