New research suggests children who drink non-cow’s milk including other animal milk and plant-based milk beverages have lower height than children who drink cow’s milk.
According to the study the more non-cow’s milk children drink, the lower their height. The height difference for a three-year-old who drank three cups of non-cow’s milk. Compared to three cups of cow’s milk per day was 1.5 centimeters.
For each daily cup of non-cow’s milk they drank, children were 0.4 centimeters shorter than average for their age. For each daily cup of cow’s milk they drank, children were 0.2 centimeters taller than average. This height difference is similar to the difference between major percentile lines on the World Health Organization growth chart. said lead author Dr. Jonathon Maguire, a pediatrician at St. Michael’s Hospital. This means drinking three cups of non-cow’s milk per day might move a child to the 15th from the 50th percentile. And vice versa, compared with other children their age.
The study also found that children who drank a combination of cow’s milk and non-cow’s milk daily were shorter than average. This finding suggests adding some cow’s milk to a child’s diet did not reverse the association. Between non-cow’s milk consumption and lower height. The children who drink non-cow’s milk may consume less dietary protein and fat. Who drink cow’s milk, resulting in reduced growth.
Height is an important indicator of children’s overall health and development. Cow’s milk has been a reliable source of dietary protein and fat for North American children. Two essential nutrients to ensure proper growth in early childhood. But many parents are now choosing non-cow’s milk for their children, which may have lower nutritional content. 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. 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.
Protein in cow milk
Two cups of cow’s milk contains 16 grams of protein. Which is 100 per cent of the daily protein requirement for a three-year-old child. Two cups of almond milk beverage typically contains 4 grams of protein. Which is only 25 per cent of the daily protein requirement for a three-year-old. Who may not be receiving sufficient protein from other dietary sources.
Because this shift is so recent, there is very little research on the effect of non-cow’s milk on childhood growth. This makes it difficult for the average consumer to understand the pros and cons of choosing non-cow’s milk over cow’s milk for their child. The program follows children from birth. With the aim of preventing common problems in the early years and understanding their impact on health and disease later in life.