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Are plant- based beverages suitable for children?

Plant-based beverages and drinks e.g. rice, coconut,almond, hemp and potato sound so healthy but are they?

Should we be giving these to our children?

When used as a main beverage plant-based drinks may not support good health, especially for children aged 1-8 years old.

A Canadian study has found that the consumption of these milks may be associated with lower childhood height compared to the gain in height recorded using dairy products.

This article looks in particular at the protein content of cows milk, soy, hemp, grain ( oat, quinoa, spelt and teff) almond, rice, coconut and potato as well as vitamins and minerals.

One concern is that drinking too much low- nutrient beverages (other than water) could displace hunger and cause children to eat less food.

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