Should I give my chil­dren dairy?

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One school of thought says no mam­mal drinks the milk of an­other af­ter wean­ing, while the other says chil­dren need the nu­tri­ents and min­er­als. As long as it’s not in­tro­duced too early, dairy is tol­er­ated by most chil­dren. Milk does con­tain cal­cium, small amounts of vi­ta­mins A and D, B1, B2, B6 and B12, potas­sium, phos­pho­rous, mag­ne­sium, zinc and se­le­nium, and is high in pro­tein, fat and car­bo­hy­drates. That said, you can get these nu­tri­ents from veg­eta­bles and an­i­mal pro­tein.

Dr Frank Oski, a pae­di­a­tri­cian at Johns Hop­kins School of Medicine, was ahead of his time when he pub­lished Don’t Drink Your Milk! in 1977. He main­tained that milk was linked to iron-de­fi­ciency anaemia, di­ges­tive prob­lems, al­ler­gies, and child­hood leukemia, among other med­i­cal con­di­tions.

A study con­ducted in 2005 by Dr Camilla Hoppe at the Royal Vet­eri­nary and Agri­cul­tural Univer­sity in Den­mark gave 24 eightyear-old boys a high milk or a high meat diet for seven days. The in­sulin re­sponse in those on the high milk diet wors­ened by al­most 100% and the en­tire group be­came in­sulin re­sis­tant. The meat group main­tained healthy lev­els.

Ul­ti­mately, the de­ci­sion is yours.

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