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New US Health Guidelines say that children under 5 should not drink plant-based milk

Plant-based milk lacks key ingredients required for early years growing says American experts

New health guidelines about what young children should drink concludes that most children under 5 should stay away from plant-based milk if they want to stay healthy, reports CNN.

The guidelines released yesterday  reveal that plant-based milk made from rice, coconut, oats or other blends lack key nutrition for early development, according to leading health organizations.

The exception is fortified soy milk.

The panel of experts issuing the guidance include the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, the American Heart Association, the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry and the American Academy of Pediatrics.

Limiting plant-based milk was a key change based on drinking trends.

The deputy director of the Healthy Eating Research, Megan Lott noted that drinking habits had changed in the past five to ten years during which time the plant-based milk market had burst upon the scene.

“More and more parents are turning to them for a variety of reasons and there’s a misconception that they are equal somehow to cow or dairy milk, but that’s just not the case,” she said. According to Lott,  most plant-based milk does not deliver enough of the key nutrition, like vitamin D and calcium, that growing children need in this vital growing age.

“The guidelines do make an exception if a child has a dairy or cow milk allergy or is lactose intolerant or has religious rules or lives in a house that keeps a vegan diet, in that case, the parents should definitely consult with their paediatrician or dietitian,” Lott said as this decisions must be made based on individual needs.

Unsurprisingly the guidelines state that young children should also limit the consumption of sugary drinks, diet drinks as well as flavoured kinds of milk.

The guidelines made recommendations on fruit juices. They recommend children under 1-year-old drink no juice at all. For ages one to three, no more than half a cup a day should be drunk, and for children who are between four and five, it’s no more than half-cup to three-quarters of a cup a day.

The subject of how much vegan food should be fed to children is a controversial one.

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William Tucker

William is the Vice President at D&Y Laboratories, the manufacturer of Double Helix Water. He has worked in the natural health industry for over a decade alongside natural practitioners and scientists around the world. He operates a small charity helping children internationally. Contact: william@vegansbethechange.com
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