Despite statements from the Academy regarding the importance of calcium and dairy products (

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), there appear to be a lot of misconceptions among health care professionals and patients regarding the role of dairy in children's daily diet.

This issue is be coming even more important as we move toward changing choices in school vending machines to provide beverages without caffeine such as low-fat or nonfat milk.

Milk, cheese and yogurt are naturally nutrient-rich foods providing a significant amount of the dietary requirements for calcium, phosphorus,potassium, magnesium, vitamins A, B and D as well as protein, which are essential for growth and development.

The AAP clinical report recommends that even children with diagnosed lactose intolerance consume dairy foods to obtain enough nutrients essential for...

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