BRANFORD, Conn. (WTNH)– We’ve got your back when it comes to the milk you probably have sitting in your refrigerator. We know milk has many health benefits. But what are the pros and cons of each kind?
This is a good time to be having this conversation. Over the summer kids often have less access to milk because they’re not in school. So parents and grandparents should be mindful of that.
A visit to the dairy case at any grocery store and you will find all types of milk. Ellen Liskov, a registered dietician at Yale New Haven Hospital helped to sort all of this out.
First, lower fat milk such as 1%, 2% and skim milk is good if your child is over the age of 2. These milks often have less saturated fat. Second, whole milk is not sweetened with any sugar.
Third, flavored milk like chocolate or vanilla, many kids opt for these because it tastes better. I’m sure many parents can relate. While there is often a high amount of sugar in the flavored milks, if it’s the only way for your kid to drink milk — it may be worth it because they are getting the health benefits from it.
“According to the dietary guidelines for Americans that recently got revised the recommended amount of milk per day for small children is about two 8oz servings a day. And for adolescents it’s more like 3 servings a day,” said Liskov.
As far as soy milk, it’s an alternative for anyone who wants to keep their diet plant based. It has potassium and calcium. But may not give you the recommended amount of potassium that you need.
Almond milk is naturally lactose free. But keep in mind it is not necessarily a good source of calcium.