Earlier this month, Fox News ran an article discussing the decline of children consuming milk in favor of sweetened beverages such as sodas and juices, however one major part of their research demonstrated that those children who were given milk on a daily basis at a younger age were more likely to continue drinking healthier liquids as they got older.
We all know how vital calcium is for the body. It is vital for bone growth and development, brain function, strong teeth, and children who consume adequate amounts of calcium are also less likely to break bones. Below are the RDA for calcium in children.
-Age 1 to 3 years: 500 mg
-Age 4 to 8 years: 800 mg
-Age 9 to 18 years: 1,300 mg
While milk is the most popular choice due to it’s high calcium content, here are some other alternatives that can help you child get the calcium they need if milk is something they are not fond of.
-Dairy products such as cheese and yogurt (especially low fat or skim options)
-Green, leafy vegetables such as kale, spinach, bok choy, and broccoli
-Fortified cereals and breads
-Tofu with added calcium sulfate