How much food from the Dairy Group is needed daily?
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The amount of food from the Dairy Group you need to eat depends on age. Recommended daily amounts are shown in the chart below. Click here to see what counts as a cup in the Dairy Group.

Daily recommendation
Children
2-3 years old
2 cups
4-8 years old
2 ½ cups
Girls
9-13 years old
3 cups
14-18 years old
3 cups
Boys
9-13 years old
3 cups
14-18 years old
3 cups
Women
19-30 years old
3 cups
31-50 years old
3 cups
51+ years old
3 cups
Men
19-30 years old
3 cups
31-50 years old
3 cups
51+ years old
3 cups

Key Consumer Message: Switch to fat-free or low-fat (1%) milk.

Source: www.choosemyplate.gov