Tuesday, June 18 2013, 08:08 AM MDT
Parents Being Told To Limit Childs Milk Intake
(KUTV) Many parents give their children milk because it's loaded with vitamins that can keep the brain and bones healthy, but a new study shows there should be a limit.
Milk is a great source of vitamin D and calcium, but a new study in the Journal Pediatrics finds too much may be a bad thing.
Researchers looked at more than 1300 children ages 2 to 5 and found two cups of milk a day is enough to maintain vitamin D levels, more than that can affect iron levels.
Getting enough iron is important for children because it plays a critical role in early brain development. Low iron can also increase your risk for anemia.
Milk isn't the only way to get vitamin D. Fatty fish like salmon is a good source and so is the sun.
The study points out some children with dark skin may need supplements because their body doesn't make enough vitamin D when exposed to sunlight.
Spending plenty of time outdoors also helps.
Whole milk is recommended for children under 2 years old because the fat in it helps brain development.
After age 2, most pediatricians suggest switching to low fat milk that has all the same nutrients, without the fat.
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