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What Counts As "1 Cup" of Dairy?Dairy Products


The chart lists specific amounts that count as 1 cup in the milk group towards your daily recommended intake:


Amount that counts as 1 cup in the milk group
Common portions and cup equivalents
[choose fat-free or low-fat milk]
1 cup
1 half-pint container
½ cup evaporated milk
[choose fat-free or low-fat yogurt]
1 regular container (8 fluid ounces)
1 small container (6 ounces) = ¾ cup
1 cup
1 snack size container (4 ounces) = ½ cup
[choose fat-free or low-fat cheeses]
1 ½ ounces hard cheese (cheddar, mozzarella, Swiss, parmesan)

1/3 cup shredded cheese
1 slice of hard cheese is equivalent to ½ cup milk
2 ounces processed cheese (American)

½ cup ricotta cheese
1 slice of processed cheese is equivalent to 1/3 cup milk
2 cups cottage cheese
½ cup cottage cheese is equivalent to ¼ cup milk
Milk-based desserts
[choose fat-free or low-fat]
1 cup pudding made with skim milk
1 cup frozen yogurt
1 ½ cups ice cream
1 scoop ice cream is equivalent to 1/3 cup milk

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