Children Should Drink No More Than Two Cups of Milk Per Day

Flavored MilkAccording to a recent study published in the journal Pediatrics, children should consume no more than two cups of milk per day to keep both vitamin D and iron at healthy levels.

The study — which was conducted by researchers at the University of Toronto in Canada and the Department of Pediatrics at St. Michael’s Hospital in Toronto, Canada — examined 1,311 healthy children between the ages of two and five years old who were recruited from December 2008 through December 2010 through the TARGet Kids! practice-based research network. The researchers compared vitamin D and iron levels with the consumption of cow’s milk.

The level of cow’s milk intake for the children in the study was measured by parental report. Vitamin D and iron levels were measured by using serum 25-hydroxyvitamin D and ferritin tests.

According to the study, each cup of milk consumed each day results in a 6.5% increase in vitamin D levels but a 3.6% decrease in iron levels.

To keep both vitamin D and iron at healthy levels, the researchers recommend giving children just two cups of milk per day. Children with darker skin who do not receive vitamin D supplements should drink three to four cups of milk during the winter months.

Vitamin D is necessary for bone health and disease prevention. Iron is vital for brain and psychomotor development.

How much cow’s milk do your children drink each day?


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