Children should drink two cups of milk a day to ensure they are getting adequate levels of vitamin D and iron, new research shows.
Researchers at St. Michael's Hospital examined how milk consumption affected vitamin D and iron levels in more than 1,300 children aged 2 to 5. The study appears online in the journal Pediatrics.
"We started to research the question because professional recommendations around milk intake were unclear and doctors and parents were seeking answers," said Dr. Jonathon Maguire, lead author of the study.
The children were recruited during routine doctors' appointments between 2008 and 2010.
The Canadian Pediatric Society recommends that children start drinking cow's milk only after their first birthday.
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