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Two cups of milk a day ideal for 2-5 Year old children

Children's Nutrition
28 January 2013

New research has answered one of the most common questions parents ask their doctors: How much milk should I be giving my children? The answer is two cups per day.

Dr. Jonathon Maguire, a pediatrician at St. Michael's Hospital and his team looked at how milk affected body stores of iron and vitamin D -- two of the most important nutrients in milk -- in more than 1,300 children aged two to five years. The study shows that two cups of milk per day was enough to maintain adequate vitamin D levels for most children, while also maintaining iron stores. Vitamin D deficiency in children has been linked to bone health issues and iron deficiency has been linked to anemia and delays in cognitive development," Dr. Maguire said. The study was supported in part by the Canadian Institutes of Health Research and the St. Michael's Hospital Foundation.

Article link: Jonathon L. Maguire, Gerald Lebovic, Sharmilaa Kandasamy, Marina Khovratovich, Muhammad Mamdani, Catherine S. Birken, and Patricia C. Parkin , on behalf of the TARGet Kids! Collaboration. The Relationship Between Cow’s Milk and Stores of Vitamin D and Iron in Early Childhood. Pediatrics, December 17, 2012

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