Last updated on: 5/31/2017 | Author:

Karen Ansel, MS, RDN, CDN Biography

Registered Dietitian, Nutritionist, and Freelance Writer
Pro to the question "Is Drinking Milk Healthy for Humans?"

“[M]ilk and dairy products are the main source of calcium in our diets, a critical mineral kids need to build strong bones, help muscles contract and transmit nerve impulses…

When it comes to milk, calcium is only the beginning. Milk is also a top source of high quality protein, with each cup delivering more protein than a large egg. Plus it provides eight other essential nutrients; including several kids don’t get enough of like vitamin D and potassium.

For optimal health, serve up 2 cups a day for kids aged 2 to 4; 2½ cups for kids 4 to 8; and 3 cups for kids 9 and older. Just be sure to choose low-fat options like 1 percent or non-fat milk. These deliver all the nutrition of 2 percent or whole milk with a fraction of the total and saturated fat. That makes them healthier for kids’ hearts and also lower in calories.”

“How to Get Your Children to Drink Their Milk,”, Feb. 14, 2014

Involvement and Affiliations:
  • Registered Dietitian, Nutritionist, and Freelance Writer, Karen Ansel Nutrition Communications LLC, Jan. 2001-present
  • Member, Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics
  • Contributing Editor, Woman’s Day Magazine
  • Expert Advisor, United States Healthful Food Council
  • Spokesperson, Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, June 2010-Dec. 2013
  • Former Adjunct Instructor of Nutrition, Department of Nutrition, Food Studies and Public Health, New York University
  • Registered Dietitian Nutritionist (RDN), Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics and the Commission on Dietetic Registration
  • MS, Clinical Nutrition, New York University
  • BA, Psychology, Duke University
  • Twitter: @KarenAnselRD
  • Has contributed to Wall Street Journal, People, Scientific American, and New York Post, among others
Quoted in:
  1. Is Raw Milk More Healthful Than Pasteurized Milk?
  2. What Kinds of Milk Do Humans Consume?