you think your kids need milk to grow strong bones, it's time
for a second opinion. A comprehensive review article
published in Pediatrics
in 2005 showed that getting extra calcium—from milk or anything
else—makes no difference in bone density in children or
young adults. And evidence shows that dairy product consumption
contributes to obesity, ear infections, constipation, respiratory
problems, heart disease, and some cancers.
study shows that the amount of calcium girls consumed during
the teen years had no impact on bone strength. Exercise,
however, had a huge positive effect. For strong bones, kids need
weight-bearing activity, sunlight, and a diet rich in fruits and
vegetables. And there's healthy calcium in fortified juices, soymilk,
greens, beans, and many other foods that avoid milk's problems.