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The Importance of Calcium in an Everyday Diet

Posted by Mark Zydanowicz on Tue, Apr 16, 2013 @ 08:00 AM

Calcium BenefitsCalcium is an important nutrient in the development of a child's life. According to Federal guidelines, the Recommended Dietary Allowance (RDA) for a child from 1 to 3 years of age should ingest 700 mg, 4 to 8 years of age should ingest 1000 mg and older children should ingest 1300 mg of calcium per day until they are 18 years of age. (After that the RDA falls back to 1000 mg for the next 30 years). Here is a look at why calcium consumption is so important in a daily diet, as well as why milk is an excellent source.

Calcium and Vitamin D

Think of calcium and Vitamin D working in conjunction with one another. Calcium provides the nutrients and vitamin D helps absorb the mineral in the body. Working together, the combination promotes strong bones, boosts the immune system and wards off inflammation of sore or strained muscles. You can see how during a child's precious development, these are all things that help a child grow big and strong.

Wards Off Weight Gain 

Childhood obesity has become an issue within the United States. Children who are less active and consuming more calories have been gaining weight through their elementary and secondary grades. Recent studies have shown that calcium helps the body burn fat, while at the same time causing less fat to be stored. While this is not an excuse for children to eat a high-fat diet and wash it down with a glass of milk, introducing a moderate diet along with milk (providing the calcium) will help keep your child fit.

Healthy Teeth

Many people think of calcium simply related to bone health. However calcium promotes stronger teeth as well. In fact, teeth actually have a similar make-up of bone, minus the presence of protein collagen. Therefore, especially when a child is growing, it is imperative that he or she has a proper amount of calcium in their diet so that first baby teeth, then their permanent teeth grow strong. 

Milk Consumption 

Milk consumption is one of the best ways for kids and adults alike to get calcium. An average serving provides 270 mg. Take into account that milk is fortified with vitamin D and provides lean protein as well, and you can see how it should be a staple of any young child's diet. 

Key Takeaways

  • Calcium and vitamin D work together promoting strong bones, boosting the immune system and reducing inflammation.
  • Calcium helps ward off weight gain by promoting fat burning.
  • Calcium aids in strong tooth development.

Learn More

Guida’s Diary encourages children to get the proper amount of calcium in their diets. Visit our Facebook Page, Guida’s Dairy or our website to find delicious recipes to get the proper amount of daily calcium.

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