A new research recently published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition indicates a possible link between cow milk consumption and growth. In this latest study, researchers determined that children who have been drinking cow milk regularly since they were little are slightly taller than their non-cow milk drinking peers.
According to the lead investigator of the survey, Dr. Jonathon Maguire of St. Michael’s Hospital in Toronto, each cup of cow milk alternative that consumed by a child resulted in a 0.4 cm reduction of height. This seems to indicate a relationship between drinking cow milk and improved growth among children.
Drinking Cow Milk Helps Growth?
The team found that children who drink non-cow milk in place of cow milk have a consistently shorter stature. As companies have been pushing the health benefits of their alternative dairy products, nutritionists and pediatricians wonder if these statements are actually true.
According to Dr. Maguire, the nutritional content of non-cow milk is not routinely regulated. He also pointed out that cow milk is strictly controlled for dietary nutrition. In this regard, cow milk provides the nutrients children need to grow taller, but other alternatives may not.
This study is not necessarily new in its results, as there have been previous studies demonstrating the importance of consuming cow milk. The new research does provide interesting data for the current trend of drinking dairy free products. As children consume less cow milk, they are at greater risk of potentially impending on their growth.
While this study does highlight the importance of drinking cow milk during childhood, further investigation is needed to determine the causality of stunted growth. As some researchers pointed out, the study did not take into account several factors. For example, it did not consider the children’ overall diet and reasons for drinking milk alternatives.