A team of Canadian researchers observed the effects of drinking milk daily in children aged 2 to 6 years old. According to their results, drinking cow milk may ensure some extra inches in height. At the same time, consuming an almond, soy, or some other such dairy alternative might make the child a little shorter.
Drinking Cow Milk Ensures Some Extra Inches?
This new study was conducted by Canadian researchers and involved over 5,000 kids. Their parents were asked about their milk-drinking habits. Namely, they had to report how many cups they consumed each day and if this was cow milk or not.
As the children reached the age of three, the team examined them and noted subtle differences in their heights. According to the results, kids that drank 3 cups of cow milk each day were about a half inch taller than children who consumed non-cow milk in the same amounts. These latter were also around 0.15 inches shorter than their age average.
The study team took into consideration factors such as the gender, age, BMI, parental heights and others when analyzing the results. However, they did not target several others, such as the type of non-cow milk consumed. They also did not make inquiries as to the child’s overall diet.
Also, this research was solely an observational study and did not establish a cause and effect relation. The study team itself pointed out these elements. Other researchers are doubtful about the results, especially after pointing out the factors not taken into account.
They underline the importance of taking into consideration a child’s fat, proteins, and other nutrients levels as well when considering their heights. Especially at such a young age.
Still, as the study team points out, these results do indicate the need of being careful when choosing a child’s milk and diet in general. This should contain adequate levels of fats, proteins, and other nutrients as well. Also, parents that do turn towards alternatives for such products should read their nutrition labels.
In general, parents that want to have their children on a more restricted or specific diet should first consult with a pediatric nutrition specialist.
Research results are available in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition.
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