“Growing” concern about non-cow’s milk alternatives for kids

“Growing” concern about non-cow’s milk alternatives for kids

"Growing" concern about non-cow's milk alternatives for kids
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Soy, almond and rice milks are increasingly popular, but are they nutritious enough for growing children?

Children who drink alternatives to dairy milk, including soy, almond or rice milks, appear to be slightly shorter than their peers who drink cow’s milk, according to new research.

The study, published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, found that for each cup of non-cow’s milk children drank per day, they were 0.4 centimeters shorter than the average for their age. Conversely, for each daily cup of cow’s milk they drank, children were 0.2 centimeters taller than average.

For a 3-year-old, the height difference for those drinking three cups of non-cow’s milk compared to three cups of cow’s milk per day was 1.5 centimeters……..

Source: “Growing” concern about non-cow’s milk alternatives for kids – CBS News

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