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Pediatrics Organization Advises Against Non-Dairy Milk for Young Children - Wellness News

Pediatrics Organization Advises Against Non-Dairy Milk for Young Children - Wellness News
From The Kitchn - November 10, 2017

If you have walked past the refrigerated section at the grocery store lately, you have noticed that milk does not just mean milk anymore. In addition to that OG dairy product, the shelves are now crowded with countless varieties of plant-based and non-dairy milks, including soy, almond, coconut, rice, pea, and hemp versions (and probably a few we left out). But according to a recent statement from a pediatric organization, there's really only one milk option when it comes to filling your child's sippy cup.

Earlier this week, the Canadian Pediatric Society and Dieticians of Canada issued a joint statement, which said that soy and other plant-based milks are "inappropriate alternatives to cow's milk" for the first two years of a child's life. The organizations based that decision on the amount of both protein and fat that should be part of a child's diet.

"We see parents that are well-intentioned that are moving to a plant-based beverage for their children thinking they are doing a good thing, while actually they are withholding important nutrients and proteins," Dr. Catherine Pound of the Canadian Paediatric Society tells The Canadian Press.

The Society recommends that children who are between 2 and 8 years old need between 13 and 19 grams of protein every day, the amount that is found in two cups of both cow's milk or a protein-fortified soy milk. (The amount of protein in almond, coconut, and other plant-based milks is negligible).

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