Most parents when it comes to giving milk to their children tend to think, the more, the merrier. In contradiction to popular belief scientists now say that two cups of cow’s milk a day is the proper amount needed to maintain adequate vitamin D and iron levels.
Dr Jonathon Maguire,a pediatrician at St Michaels Hospital and lead author of the study, said, “We started to research the question because professional recommendations around milk intake were unclear and doctors and parents were seeking answers”. Maguire’s team looked at how cow’s milk could affect the body stores of iron and vitamin D, which are two of the most important nutrients in milk in more than 1,300 children aged two to five years. It was also found that children who drank more glasses of cow’s milk had higher Vitamin D stores but lower iron stores.
Thus it was then further studied and concluded that two cups of cow’s milk per day was enough to maintain adequate vitamin D levels for most children, and all this while also maintaining the iron stores. Any additional glasses it was found helped to reduce the iron stores without greater benefit from vitamin D.
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