The nutritional content of cow's milk is highly regulated in both the United States and Canada whereas non-cow milks are not.
Only 13% of the kids drank alternative milk options while 92% consistently drank cow's milk and the results were startling when it came to the height that the kids achieved over the years.
The researchers compared the 3-year olds who drank 3 cups of cow's milk a day to those who drank 3 cups of non-cow's milk showed a whopping 1.5 centimeter difference in height. This difference in height was comparable to going from the 15%ile in height to the 50%ile. Even if kids drank cow's milk along with non-cow's milk, they were still shorter than average.
The researchers concluded that the difference in height is related to the insufficient protein and fat intake that children experience when they drink non-cow's milk which leads to stunted growth.
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