Low-fat milk recommendations for children aged 2+

Summary media release information

30 June 2014
Media Statement
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NHMRC Media Team: 0422 008 512 or media@nhmrc.gov.au

The National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) wishes to dispel any confusion arising from recent media articles regarding milk recommendations for children over the age of two years.

NHMRC aims to help people make informed choices about their diet, but does not make recommendations about low fat diets or the consumption of specific low fat products.

NHMRC’s Australian Dietary Guidelines suggest that everyone should try to enjoy a wide variety of nutritious foods from the five groups every day.

One of these groups is milk, yoghurt, cheese and/or their alternatives, mostly reduced fat, noting that reduced fat milks are not suitable for children under the age of two years.

The guidelines inform people that choosing full-fat dairy products can increase both the saturated fat and kilojoule count of a diet.

Therefore, the best choice for most people over the age of two is reduced fat milk, cheeses and yoghurts, as well as a variety of other nutritious foods in order to maintain a healthy weight and to prevent diet related conditions and chronic disease.