Nut, Soy “Milks” Make For Shorter Kids

Are you a parent who has put your kids on a dairy-free nutritional path, thinking you were making a more nutritious or cleaner choice? A new study from a hospital in Toronto seems to suggest that young kids who drink soy milk or almond milk instead of cow’s milk may be shorter than same-age kids.

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Lisa Barger

Study finds toddlers grow taller when they drink dairy milk instead of soy milk or almond milk. Infographic explaining the cow’s milk versus nut milk study courtesy of St. Michael’s Hospital.

A study published yesterday in The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition suggests that kids who drink non-dairy “milks” like soy milk or almond milk, may end up shorter than their dairy-drinking peers. This is important, say pediatricians, because height is one of the primary indicators of a child’s overall physical development.

This study looked at more than 5,000 Canadian toddlers whose medical data were included in the Applied Research Group for Kids cohort and looked specifically at milk consumption. What the researchers say they found was a dose-dependent link between non-dairy milk beverages and shorter statures in the children. For each cup of soy or nut milk a child consumed every day, he or she was nearly half a centimeter shorter than a dairy-drinking child the same age.

Half a centimeter may not sound like much but…

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