Calcium Phosphorus and Magnesium

Recommendations for calcium, phosphorus, and magnesium intakes are given in Table 7. A low calcium intake is rarely a cause of rickets, although calcium deficiency has been reported in children who have no milk or dairy products in their diet. An adequate calcium intake in childhood is particularly important in order to maximize bone density. There is some controversy over the optimum calcium intake during childhood in order to achieve maximum bone density, with US and FAO/WHO

Table 7 Recommendations for minerals for infants and children (mg/day)

Nutrient

Calcium

Magnesium

Table 7 Recommendations for minerals for infants and children (mg/day)

Magnesium

Age

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