2 cups of milk a day is best for kids
Children have long been recommended to drink their milk to build strong, healthy bodies. But recommendations for how much milk is necessary have also come into question. A new study from St. Michael's Hospital in Toronto reports that children who consumed two cups of milk per day had sufficient vitamin D and iron without resulting in any adverse reactions.
Vitamin D can reduce the risk of respiratory problems in children, and iron deficiency is linked to poor neurological development, according to the report. The researchers found that children who drank more than two cups of cow's milk per day had higher vitamin D levels but lower amounts of iron.
Despite the benefits of consuming cow's milk, parents should not give their children cow's milk until they are at least one year old, according to the Canadian Pediatric Society. The American Academy of Pediatrics also recommends consuming whole milk (as opposed to low- or non-fat milk) under the age of two, though if a child is predisposed to obesity, heart disease or high cholesterol, lower fat milks can be consumed between 12 months and two years.