Your Kids Might Be Shorter If They Drink Non-Cow's Milk





Health, 13 Jun - 2017 ,

Your Kids Might Be Shorter If They Drink Non-Cow's Milk
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Cow milk consumption in childhood has been associated with increased height, which is an important measure of children’s growth and development.

Cow milk consumption in childhood has been associated with increased height, which is an important measure of children’s growth and development.

Young children who drink soy, almond or other milk "alternatives" may be a bit shorter than kids who drink cow's milk, a new study suggests.

Researchers found that among more than 5,000 Canadian children, a 3-year-old who drank three cups of non-cow's milk each day was, typically, a half inch shorter than a child who drank the same amount of cow's milk.

The study - which was funded by the Canadian government and St. Michael's Hospital Foundation - doesn't prove that parents' milk choices were the culprit.

According to the study, the height difference for a 3-year-old who consumed 3 cups of non-cow milk per day relative to 3 cups cow's milk per day was 1.5 cm.

It can sometimes seem to parents that there is an infinite amount of reasons why or why not to feed certain foods to their children. Milk may help height, but it can also pack on the pounds. Eggs have recently been shown to be good for growth in children, but are also high in cholesterol.
 
The study was published on June 7 in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition.


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