Alternative Milk Study Finds Cows Milks Grows Taller Children

Alternative Milk Study Finds Cows Milks Grows Taller Children

This is played a few centimeters. But children over 2 years old who drink soy milk are smaller than those who drink cow’s milk.

Children who drink soy milk or almond milk rather than cow’s milk would be smaller than those who drink cow’s milk, according to a new study by Dr. Jonathon Maguire of St. Michael’s Hospital in Toronto ( Canada).

For this study, the researchers followed more than 5,000 children aged 2 to 6 years. They found that a three-year-old child who drinks at least three cups of cow’s milk each day was 1.5 cm taller than a child of the same age drinking vegetable milk.

“In the mediation analysis, lower cow milk consumption only partially mediated the association between non-cow milk consumption and lower height,” said the study’s abstract. “Non-cow milk consumption was associated with lower childhood height. Future research is needed to understand the causal relations between non-cow milk consumption and height.”

CBS News noted that 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.


The study does not provide an explanation for this. But according to Dr. Maguire, cow’s milk would be a better source of protein and fat, two essential nutrients for good growth. Two cups of cow’s milk provide 16 grams of protein, or 100% of the daily protein requirement for a three-year-old.

It should be remembered that vegetable milks are not suitable for infants younger than one year because their composition does not comply with the European recommendations and these milks can lead to major deficiencies which can be fatal .

“The nutritional content of cow’s milk is regulated in the United States and Canada, while the nutritional contents of most non-cow’s milks are not,” said. “The lack of regulation means the nutritional content varies widely from one non-cow’s milk product to the next, particularly in the amount of protein and fat.”

“If products are being marketed as being equivalent to cow’s milk, as a consumer and a parent, I would like to know that they are in fact the same in terms of their effect on children’s growth,” said Maguire.

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