There’s been several interesting studies lately related to dairy, nutrition and children. Here are some thoughts from Karen Kafer:
- In the April issue of the Journal of the American Dietetic Association, a new study found girls that drank soda at age 5 had higher subsequent soda consumption and lower milk intake in later years. This resulted in a higher consumption of added sugars and lower intakes of protein, fiber, vitamin D, calcium, magnesium, phosphorous and potassium from ages 5 to 15 years, as compared to girls who did not consume soda at that age. They found additional evidence that children need more parental guidance regarding consuming soda and other sweetened beverages.
- In another study published in the May issue of the Journal of Child Nutrition & Management, researchers found that the visible addition of cheese to various menu offerings may help increase the consumptions of fruits, vegetables and whole grains compared to when cheese is not paired with them. The study found that as children move into adolescence, dairy foods may be a way to help increase their consumption of the Food Groups to Encourage as defined by the Dietary Guidelines.
- According to a pair of abstracts (here and here) presented at the Experimental Biology meeting on April 26 and 27, dairy foods were found to be not only the top contributing food category of calcium (providing 38.6 percent contribution to overall intake) and vitamin D (52.3 percent), but also the second and third highest sources for phosphorous and potassium, respectively. In addition, dairy foods were found to be the top contributors of vitamin D in the diets of children 2-18 years old (68.1 percent contribution to overall intake) and adults 19 years and older (46 percent).