Kids who up their consumption of milk aren’t necessarily going to strengthen their bones, according to a new study published in the March 3, 2005, issue of Pediatrics. In fact, they may be better off eating more calcium-rich foods like tofu, according to the researchers, who examined the findings of 37 calcium studies on children over age 7. Twenty-seven of the trials found no relationship between dairy or dietary calcium intake and measures of bone health, and the remaining nine reports found only small effects.
This led the study authors to conclude that “in clinical, longitudinal, retrospective and cross-sectional studies, neither increased consumption of dairy products, specifically, nor total dietary calcium consumption has shown even a modestly consistent benefit for child or young adult bone health.”
Instead of crying over spilled milk, parents should find other ways to increase their kids’ calcium intake. Examples of calcium-rich foods to serve children include fortified orange juice, broccoli, oatmeal—and tofu, too!
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