Dairy Products - Milk - Food Pyramid

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Dairy Products - Milk - Food Pyramid
Dairy Products - Milk - Food Pyramid

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Video: Dairy Products - Milk - Food Pyramid
Video: THE FOOD PYRAMID | Educational Video for Kids. 2023, September

Food pyramid: milk and dairy products

Milk and dairy products contain high quality protein and are considered sources of calcium and some vitamins (such as vitamins A, B2 and vitamin B12).


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How much?

Three servings of milk and dairy products daily. Prefer low-fat and unsweetened products. Two portions “white” (eg milk, yoghurt, buttermilk, curd cheese, cottage cheese) and one portion “yellow” in the form of cheese are ideal.

How big is a portion?

Food quantity
1 serving of yogurt 180 - 250 g
1 serving of curd cheese 200 g
1 serving of cottage cheese 200 g
1 serving of cheese 50 - 60 g
1 serving of milk 200 ml

Fat in the dry matter

Some cheeses are rich in fat. On the packaging, information about the fat is usually given in the form of "fat in dry matter" (also FiT). Since the cheese loses water during storage, reference is made to the fat content in the dry matter. This means: the absolute fat content is approximately half the fat content in the dry matter. For semi-hard cheeses such as Edamer, Gouda or Tilsiter, the FiT value is converted into the absolute fat content using a multiplier of 0.5. At 45 percent FiT, this means 22.5 grams of absolute fat per 100 grams of cheese. Cream cheese has the conversion factor 0.3, soft cheese 0.4 and hard cheese 0.6.

The salt content must also be taken into account (e.g. with cheeses such as brie or processed cheese). Some dairy products contain added sugar (e.g. fruit yogurts). Products such as milkshakes or cocoa drinks with or without whipped cream can also be very high in calories and often have a higher sugar content than milk and natural yoghurts. So pay attention to the label.

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