Can kids drink too much milk? Maybe, according to a new study from the American Academy of Pediatrics. It found that while getting enough is key for strong bones, excessive amounts might reduce the amount of iron in the blood, which is important for brain and psychomotor development.
Toronto researchers asked the parents of 1,311 healthy children between the ages of two and five how much milk the kids drank daily. Those who drank more milk had higher levels of vitamin D but lower levels of iron.
Two 8-ounce glasses a day seems to be the "just right" amount. The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends approximately two cups of nonfat or low-fat milk per day.
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Source: The Relationship Between Cow's Milk and Stores of Vitamin D and Iron in
Early Childhood. [Pediatrics]