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Kids should only drink two cups of milk a day: Study

Written by: QMI Agency
Dec. 18, 2012

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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.

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Most children who drank two cups of cow's milk a day maintained adequate vitamin D and iron levels, the study found. Children who drank more than two cups of milk a day had reduced iron stores without increased vitamin D levels.

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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