Child drinking milk.
June 8, 2017

Toddlers Who Drink “Alternative” Milks Shorter

 |  By: Jim Dickrell

Toddlers who consume “alternative,” plant-based milks are shorter than those who receive cow’s milk, according to a Canadian study of more than 5,000 kids age 2 to 6.  

Children were 0.15 inches shorter for every cup of non-cow-s milk they consumed compared to the average height for their age, report researchers. By the age of three, these kids are 0.5" shorter than normal. The question is why.

Most alternative milks do not contain the same nutrient profiles as cow’s milk, and most lack protein and have less fat. Plus, researchers say the calcium in plant-based drinks aren’t absorbed as well as protein in dairy products.

The study was published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition and curated on WebMD.