Best way to strengthen your children's bones? Not Milk says PCRM

There's no doubt that milk is nutritionally perfect for baby cows not baby humans - the question that fans of cow's milk fail to answer is "If cow's milk is the best source of calcium for humans then why do the countries with the highest dairy consumption have such high rates of osteoporosis and arthritis?"

Why do countries that don't use dairy do so well on bone health?

Is drinking milk really the best way to strengthen your children's bones?: "According to the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine, USA, consuming milk may not be the best way to protect your children's bones. The Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine (PCRM) promotes the benefits of a vegan diet.

According to the PCRM, a cup of fortified orange juice contains as much calcium as a glass of milk. You can also get a good intake of calcium if you eat oats, kale, turnip greens, tofu or broccoli.

You can read about this report in the journal Pediatrics.

The PCRM looked at 37 studies, of which only ten supported drinking milk as the best source of calcium for children over 7 (27 did not).

Experts say children should consume up to 1,300 milligrams of calcium a day, as well as doing plenty of exercise if you want to make sure they have good bones. The most common way of trying to get children to consume calcium (in the Western world) is with dairy products.

Many say we should not be drinking milk after we are weaned (start eating solids). We are the only animals on this planet that consume milk after we are weaned."