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Kids who drink milk substitutes may be missing out on vitamin D

from The Globe and Mail

If your child is allergic to milk, can’t tolerate lactose (the natural sugar in milk) or eats a vegetarian diet, non-dairy beverages are popular replacements for cow’s milk. But research from St. Michael’s Hospital in Toronto suggests young kids who drink rice, almond, soy or goat’s milk are at risk for vitamin D deficiency. According to the study, published Oct. 20 in the Canadian Medical Association Journal, children who drank only non-dairy beverages were more than twice as likely to have vitamin D levels inadequate to build strong bones compared with milk-only drinkers. more


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