A lot of parents have differing opinions when it comes to giving their children milk. There is a lot of misinformation online about dairy products and that can cause confusion and influence even more myths. No matter what type of milk you decide to have or not have in your home, here are the facts.
The differences between whole milk, 2%, and skim
The main difference between each type of dairy milk is the fat content. All of these types still have the essential nutrients necessary for health. Whole milk is the most calorie dense due to its fat content, but that does not make it unhealthy. Moderation is key to any diet and consuming dairy products is no exception.
Plant-based milks are healthier
Some people buy plant-based milk not because it is dairy-free, but because they believe it is more nutritious than dairy. In reality, plant-based milks cannot compete with dairy in overall nutrition. Soy is the closest in nutrition to dairy milk, with 8 grams of protein per cup. Other milks, such as almond and coconut, do not have near as much protein, calcium, or vitamin D.
While some people do suffer digestive issues from dairy due to the lactose intolerance, there are other options available. Lactose-free dairy products are a good option that can be used just like other milks. Lactose-free products come with all of the nutritional benefits without upsetting stomachs.
Children should drink a lot of milk
Dairy is an important part of your child’s diet, as the calcium and vitamin D is good for their skin and bones. According to the USDA, children between the age of 2 and 3 years old should have at least 2 servings per day of dairy from foods like milk, yogurt, or cheese. Kids ages 3 to 9 should have 2.5 servings per day and children 9 and older should have 3 servings.
However, over consumption of dairy can be a concern. The protein in milk can fill up your child’s stomach, keeping them full, so they may not want to eat their regular meals. Sticking to the recommended daily amounts will ensure that your child stays healthy and finishes their dinner.
Chocolate milk is too sugary
If your child is not a fan of plain milk but loves chocolate or strawberry, don’t fret! Some people have compared chocolate milk to drinking soda, but that comparison could not be more inaccurate. While flavored milk typically has 2 through 3 teaspoons of added sugar, soda contains about 10 teaspoons of sugar. If you ignore the other essential nutrients that come with milk, flavored is still the better option for your children.
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