Should I give my children dairy?
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.