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How important is dairy in the USDA MyPlate recommendations?

Very important! The circle shape next to the plate in the above is a visual reminder to make sure that fat-free and low-fat dairy foods, such as milk should not be forgotten at mealtimes.

Lean dairy products are rich in calcium, a mineral many Americans are following short of in their diets. The current recommendation for adults is to consume three servings of nonfat or low dairy daily to meet their calcium needs.
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