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Nutrition

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Contribution to nutrient intakes

Milk and dairy foods make an important contribution to the nutritional quality of our diets in Northern Ireland. They are the main providers of calcium, and dairy also supplies significant amounts of many other nutrients.

In Northern Ireland, the dairy food group makes the largest contribution to the intakes of calcium, iodine, vitamin B2 and vitamin B12


Contribution (%) of dairy foods to nutrient intakes in NI

 Nutrients 4–10 years 11–18 years 19–64 years65 + years
 Protein 21 15 13 16
 Calcium 45 37 37 43
 Potassium 22 15 12 14
 Iodine 55 44 35 39
 Zinc 23 16 15 17
 Vitamin A 24 18 17 15
 Vitamin B2 43 32 29 36
 Vitamin B12* 54 40 35 –

Reference: National Diet and Nutrition Survey. Results from Years 5–9 (combined) of the Rolling Programme (2012/13–2016/17): Northern Ireland

* B12 intakes for years 1–4

 

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From the farm to the fridge, the Dairy Council for Northern Ireland acts on behalf of the dairy industry, promoting the natural goodness and quality of Northern Ireland milk and dairy products.

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