Drinking non-cow’s milk may restrict height growth in kids, study suggests


Drinking non-cow’s milk may restrict height growth in kids, study suggestsA Recent study suggests that people who drink or eat non-cow’s dairy products like soy, almonds, rice milk, goat’s milk or any other kind of milk are relatively shorter than children who drink pure cow’s milk. Dr. Jonathan Maguire, the study’s lead author and a pediatrician and researchers at St. Michael’s Hospital in Toronto said, “The study we conducted found that children who are consuming non-cow’s milk like rice, almond and soy milk tended to be a little bit shorter than children who consumed cow’s milk.” Children who drank three cups of cow’s milk every day were 1.5 centimeters shorter than those who drank non-cow’s milk. Moreover, the one who drank a combination of cow’s milk and non-cow’s milk tended to be shorter than average.

The study was conducted which involved 5,034 healthy Canadian children ranging from the age of 2 to 6 years. The subjects were on average 38 months of age. Among them, 51% were male employed from nine family and pediatric health-care practices from December 2008 to September 2015. 5% of them drank non-cow’s milk and 84% drank only cow’s milk, 8% drank both and about 3% drank neither.

The children who drink non-cow’s milk consume less dietary protein and fat than those who drink non-cow’s milk. Both fat and protein are essential to growing in early childhood. Cow’s milk is far better than non-cow’s milk. It contains 16 grams of protein that is necessarily required by the three-year-old child. On the other hand, two cups of almond milk contain only four grams of protein.

The results and findings were surprising. The height of the children depending on how much they were consuming. Maguire said, “It’s not like if you’re not consuming cow’s milk, you’re a little shorter.” “If you consume non-cow’s milk, with each cup that a child consumes, that child apparently appears to be a little bit smaller, a little shorter. That’s a bit surprising”, he further added.