Children who drink soya milk are shorter, scientists warn on fads – Telegraph.co.uk
Lead author Dr Jonathon Maguire, a paediatrician at St. Michael’s Hospital in Toronto, Canada, said drinking three cups of non-cow’s milk daily could move a child to the 15th from the 50th percentile for height, on growth charts.
The study did not examine the reasons for the differences.
But researchers believe that children who drink non-cow’s milk may consume less dietary protein and fat than those who drink cow’s milk, resulting in reduced growth.
Dr Maguire said: “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 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.”
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. The same amount of almond milk drink typically contains just quarter of the protein, researchers said.