(HealthDay News) -- Dairy foods usually are an important part of a healthy diet. But it's important to make sure you're getting enough calcium while not overdoing the calories and fat.
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The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics suggests these healthy ways to include dairy foods in your diet:
- Milk contains essential vitamins, nutrients and protein. Choose low-fat or fat-free milk, or a lactose-free product if you are lactose-intolerant.
- Yogurt is another excellent source of protein and nutrients. Choose low-fat or fat-free varieties with fruit, or get plain yogurt and add fresh fruit. Yogurts with active cultures are a good choice.
- Choose cheese that is lower in sodium and fat -- such as certain types of ricotta, mozzarella or string cheese.
- Choose low-fat or fat-free cream cheese, spreads and sour cream.
- Opt for trans-fat-free margarine instead of butter.
-- Diana Kohnle
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