A study published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition found, that children who drink soy, almond, rice, or any other milk are slightly shorter than their peers who drink cow’s milk.
That was the conclusion reached by Dr. Jonathan Maguire, lead study author and pediatrician at St. Michael’s Hospital in Toronto.
“A 3-year-old child, who consumed 3 cups of non-cow’s milk a day is 1.5 centimeters shorter than a child who drinks this natural product”, says Maguire.
The study was conducted with 5,034 healthy children from Canada aged 2 to 6 years from December 2008 to September 2015.
At least, 84% of this number of children drank cow’s milk daily, 5% – other milk, and others – both types of drinks.
According to the medical report, children who consumed cow’s milk were 0.4 centimeters taller than the rest.
Generally, drinking a cup of cow’s milk daily is associated with a 0.2 centimeter increase in height over the average.
According to experts, the reason for the positive effect of the product on the growth of children is that cow’s milk is rich in protein.
Thus, 2 cups of cow’s milk contains 16 grams of protein, which is 100% of the daily protein requirement for a 3-year-old child.
“Maybe kids, who don’t drink cow’s milk will catch up with time, or maybe not. Time will tell”, the scientist said.