In a study not funded by the dairy industry, a study lead by Jonathon Maguire, a pediatrician at St. Michael’s Hospital, found a SMALL difference in the height between children who consumed cow’s milk and children who drank non-dairy alternatives and goat’s milk.
More than 5,000 children were part of the study and the results suggested that for each cup of non-cow’s milk a child consumed, those children were, on average, 0.2 inches shorter than children who consumed dairy. The results were consistent with the percentile lines on the World Health Organization growth chart. It also found that children who drank both cow’s milk and cow’s milk alternatives were still shorter than average, indicating that height was likely tied to the amount of consumed milk.
However, doctors pointed out that the height difference in children who were drinking alternatives due to allergies might be shorter due to the allergies themselves, as it could impair the absorption of nutrients. On the flipside, the hormones given to cows to produce more milk could also be causing the increase in a child’s height.
Bottom line for parents: pay attention to the nutritional values in products to ensure they contain the necessary protein, fat and micronutrients to support optimal growth. Read more at Newsweek.