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Scientists Determine Optimum Daily Milk Intake For Children

December 17, 2012: 12:00 AM EST
A Canadian study involving 1,300 children has found that drinking two cups of cow’s milk daily maintains optimum levels of vitamin D without reducing stored iron levels. Data for the study were gathered from questionnaires about diet patterns submitted by parents. According to the researchers, vitamin D deficiency in children is linked to bone health issues; iron deficiency is linked to anemia and delays in cognitive development. Researchers noted that children with darker skin pigmentation may not have adequate levels of vitamin D during the winter months. But rather than drink more milk, which would reduce iron levels, researchers urged wintertime vitamin D supplements.
Jonathon L. Maguire et al., "The Relationship Between Cow’s Milk and Stores of Vitamin D and Iron in Early Childhood", Pediatrics, December 17, 2012, © American Academy of Pediatrics
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