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QMy five-year-old detests milk, but is OK with cheese and yo­gurt. Are th­ese dairy prod­ucts as good a source of cal­cium as milk? I’m wor­ried that if he stops drink­ing milk, he won’t get enough nu­tri­ents.

ACheese and yo­gurt are equally good sources of cal­cium. In fact, a cup of yo­gurt has 450mg of cal­cium ver­sus a cup of milk, which has 300mg. How­ever, keep in mind that a lot of chil­dren who don’t like milk are of­ten sen­si­tive to lac­tose and giv­ing them dairy prod­ucts to com­pen­sate for their cal­cium in­take might not be the best thing to do. If your child’s gut is sen­si­tive to lac­tose and you still keep giv­ing him dairy prod­ucts, his gut will be­comes in­flamed, which will cause a host of other is­sues in­clud­ing stom­ach cramps, lethargy, in­di­ges­tion and weight gain. In­clud­ing spinach, al­monds, salmon and green veg­eta­bles in their diet and in­creas­ing the amount of pro­tein in­take can help in­crease cal­cium con­tent with­out the need for dairy.

If your child does not suf­fer from lac­tose in­tol­er­ance, then you can con­sider giv­ing him or­ganic, whole, full-fat dairy prod­ucts like cheese, cot­tage cheese and yo­gurt. Any dairy prod­uct that says low-fat or fat-free is too pro­cessed and does not have nat­u­ral vi­ta­mins A,D, E and K, which are ex­tremely es­sen­tial.

Go­ing or­ganic with dairy is an ab­so­lute must be­cause you don’t want hor­mones and an­tibi­otics en­ter­ing your son’s sys­tem. You should ar­range a blood test to check his Vi­ta­min D level – if it’s too low, only 25 per cent of all the cal­cium you give him will ac­tu­ally reach his bones. The rest will be ex­creted from the sys­tem nat­u­rally.

Rashi Chowd­hary is a nu­tri­tion­ist and inch-loss ex­pert

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