Key Nutrients

Calcium

Smile! Strong bones and a healthy grin—we all need calcium. And did you know it’s an especially vital
nutrient for children?

  • In addition to using calcium to build bones, kids’ bodies require calcium to help maintain proper
    muscle, blood vessel and nerve cell function.
  • Studies suggest that consuming adequate calcium early in life—when bone mass and density are being
    developed—may help protect against osteoporosis down the road.1
  • 80% of girls and 75% of boys ages 4-18 don’t get enough calcium.2
  • Horizon dairy and snack products are a good source of calcium.
    Horizon mac and cheese is a good source of calcium as
    prepared.

Protein

Providing get-up-and-go and helping us grow are just two of protein’s many benefits.

  • Protein is essential for optimal growth in children
  • Milk is the number 1 source of protein for kids age 2-18.3
  • The dairy protein in Horizon products is a complete protein, providing all of the essential amino acids needed to support optimal health.

Whole Grains

Whole grains are here! It’s easy to swap your kitchen staples for more nutritious options.

  • The USDA recommends that at least half of your grains should be whole—look for whole wheat bread, brown rice and wheat pasta.4
  • Horizon snack crackers and snack grahams have 8g of whole grains per serving.

Vitamin D

Milk is one of the few dietary sources of vitamin D—a critical nutrient that helps our bodies absorb calcium.

  • In 2008, The American Academy of Pediatrics doubled its recommended daily intake of vitamin D from 200 IU to 400 IU for all infants, children and adolescents.5
  • Nearly half of all kids’ diets do not meet recommended amounts of Vitamin D.2
  • One cup of Horizon organic milk is an excellent source (100 IU) of Vitamin D.

 

Vitamin B12 and Riboflavin (B2)

B vitamins help our bodies convert food into energy for cell growth and division.

  • Horizon organic milk is an excellent source of Riboflavin and a good source of B12.
  • Flavored milk also contains these nutrients and is a nutritious option for kids.

Potassium

Pulse check! Potassium helps maintain healthy blood pressure and proper fluid balance.

  • Potassium has been recognized as a nutrient of concern by the 2010 Dietary Guidelines for Americans.6
  • According to a recent study, people aged 2 years and older only consumed 56% of the recommended intake of potassium.7
  • Horizon organic milk is a good source of potassium.

References

  1. Carmona, RH; Bone Health and Osteoporosis: A Surgeon General’s Report (2004) United States Department of Health and Human Services.
  2. Report of the Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee on the Dietary Guidelines for Americans, 2010. Part D. Section 2:Nutrient adequacy. Center for Nutrition Policy and Promotion Web site. http://www.cnpp.usda.gov/DGAs2010-DGACReport.htm. Accessed August 22, 2010.
  3. Keast DR, Fulgoni VL, Nicklas TA, O’Neil CE. Food Sources of Energy and Nutrients among Children in the United States: National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey 2003-2006. Nutrients. 2013; 5(1):283-01.
  4. USDA MyPlate, http://choosemyplate.gov/food-groups/grains.html. Accessed 9/2013.
  5. Wagner CL, Greer FR and the Section on Breastfeeding and the Committee on Nutrition. Prevention of Rickets and Vitamin D Deficiency in Infants, Children, and Adolescents. Pediatrics 2008;122:1142–1152.
  6. USDA Dietary Guidelines for Americans, 7th Edition, 2010.
  7. Hoy MK, Goldman JD. Potassium Intake of the U.S. Population: What We Eat In America, NHANES 2009-2010. Food Surveys Research Group Dietary Data Brief No. 10. September 2012. Available at: http://ars.usda.gov/Services/docs.htm?docid=19476.
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