Does drinking cow’s milk help children grow taller?
Nutrition team finds 3-year-olds consuming alternative milks were 1.5 cm shorter on average
Amina Zafar · CBC News2 Hours Ago
Everest Frenke, 2, drinks some fortified soy milk. The Toronto toddler’s mother sometimes adds flax oil, peanut butter or hemp seeds to ensure her daughter is getting important nutrients. (CBC)
Like most parents, Andrea Thompson works hard to make sure her toddler eats nutritious foods.
The Toronto mother has been a vegan for four years and thinks carefully about the food she gives her two-year-old daughter, Everest Frenke. Sometimes she adds flax oil, peanut butter or hemp seeds to soy milk to ensure her daughter is getting important nutrients.
“The soy milk I give her is fortified,” Thompson said. “She doesn’t drink it very often, mostly in her cereal or her oatmeal.”
Recognizing that more families are reaching for alternative milks such as soy, almond or rice over traditional cow’s milk, researchers in Toronto set out to see if it has an impact on growth.