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Milk: It's Still Good For You

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Turns out, those milk-mustache marketing commercials aren’t paying off, because young adults are actually drinking less of the stuff these days, states a new study in the Journal of Nutrition Education and Behavior.

Researchers at the University of Minnesota found that an overwhelming majority of the 1,500 young adults they studied had reduced their calcium intake in the years immediately following high school.

More than half of the males and more than two-thirds of the females consumed less than the daily recommended level of calcium, which is 1,000 milligrams. An 8-ounce glass of milk contains about 300 mg.

Bone mass peaks in our 30s, so consuming sufficient amounts of calcium during the young-adult years is key to lowering the risk of osteoporosis and other potential health concerns.

Can’t stand dairy? Other solid sources of calcium include collard greens, broccoli, fortified orange juice and turnips.

About The Author

David Schipper – David began writing for CorePerformance.com in 2008, after spending six years at Men's Health magazine digging up the newest scientific research in health, weight loss, nutrition, muscle and cardiovascular fitness.

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Tags: Food, Beverages, Vitamins, Nutrients, Health