In the UK, milk and dairy foods, such as cheese, yoghurt and quark, are included in the food-based dietary guidelines, the ‘Eat Well guide’. Public Health England in association with the Welsh Government, Food Standards Scotland and the Food Standards Agency in Northern Ireland have developed these recommendations for each food category.
The Eatwell Guide is a tool to help consumers get a balance of healthier and more sustainable food. It shows how much of what you eat overall should come from each food group. For dairy foods the recommendation of the Eat Well Guide is to try to have some milk and dairy food (or dairy alternatives) – such as cheese, yoghurt and fromage frais. Go for lower fat and lower sugar products where possible. When buying dairy alternatives, go for unsweetened, calcium-fortified versions.
Below is a guide to portion servings which could contribute to meeting daily calcium and nutrient needs
TABLE Recommendations for dairy per age group
Public Health England in association with the Welsh Government, Food Standards Scotland and the Food Standards Agency in Northern Ireland, 2016