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Why cow’s milk is best for kids

September 25, 2019

Milk – not only does it taste great, but it’s packed with nutrients including Vitamins A, B and D, as well as calcium and protein. That’s why parents across the world make sure their children include cow’s milk as part of a healthy, balanced diet. But cow’s milk is in increasing competition with non-dairy, plant-based products or ‘alt-milks’, some of which are necessarily fortified with added nutrients.

Dairy milk best for young children’s development

While some adults enjoy these alt-milks as part of their diets, they may also be tempted to give these to their children as a replacement for dairy. However, new guidelines from a group of US health organisations state that plant-based milks are not a viable alternative to cow’s milk for young children under the age of 5, as the natural nutrients in cow’s milk are essential for growth and development.

According to the panel behind the guidelines, alt-milks lack the nutrient content needed for early years’ development. Despite fortification, many do not contain the same levels of vitamin D and calcium that growing children need at this pivotal developmental stage. Alt-milks, while popular, are better suited as an addition, not a replacement, to cow’s milk for older children and adults .

Milk is obviously crucial for young children. In the UK the NHS recommends that children get 350ml of milk every day. It’s no surprise therefore that parents want to make sure their kids get all the nutrients that they need for healthy development. And that’s why it’s important to ensure that the milk we give our kids contains all the nutrients we expect.

Yet you may not know that light (especially indoor light) damages milk, changing the nutritional content, taste and smell. But there is a solution. Milk can be protected from light damage with optimized packaging. Buying milk in light protected packaging, certified by Noluma, will ensure your children get the highest nutritional quality milk with all that yummy goodness locked in.

What can you do to make sure your children get all the nutrients they need from milk?

  • Give children up to the age of 5 cow’s milk, which contains the right level of nutrients
  • Make sure your kids are drinking enough milk each day – the NHS recommends 350ml
  • Look out for milk in certified light protected packaging to ensure that you’re getting the nutrients you and your family deserve
  • Even if your older kids prefer fortified alt-milk, still make sure the packaging is certified for light protection.
  • Just because the bottle is white does not mean it is light-protected.