Less growth with non-dairy drinks

Choosing dairy milk may make a difference when it comes to your child’s growth, according to a new study from the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition.

Researchers found drinking non-dairy alternatives was associated with shorter childhood height compared to those who drank milk, among 5,000 Canadian children.

In fact, children at age three who drank three cups of non-dairy milk alternatives each day were 1.5 centimetres shorter, on average, than their milk-drinking peers. The researchers suggest that the children drinking non-dairy alternatives may be shorter because they are not receiving enough protein or calories to support their growth, the website MilkPep reports.

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