Growing Up Healthy: What Kids and Young Adults Need!

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The Doctors share one out of every two kids, over 9 years of age, may be missing out on the calcium, vitamin D, and potassium they need.

Liliana, who is a mom to 8-year-old Rudy and 2-year-old Abigail, says her kids love milk and drink it often, but she was recently told dairy is not good for kids and people suggested she give them milk from plants or nuts"I personally was raised on real milk and I don’t believe that other types of milk have the same nutrients and protein that real milk has," she shares. "But, I want to make sure that we're doing what’s best for our kids. So, can you please set the record straight?"

Pediatrician and Milk Spokesperson Dr. Tanya Altmann joins The Doctors to help answer Liliana's question and explain why nutrients like calcium, vitamin D, and potassium are so important for kids and young adults.

"Non-dairy milk does not have the same nutrition as regular dairy milk, which has about 8 times the protein of most almond milks and rice milks. Also, dairy milk is the top food source for calcium, vitamin D and potassium," she says. "In order to get the same amount of calcium in 8-ounces of dairy milk, you would have to eat 10 cups of raw spinach, almost 6 cups of raw kale, and 6 or 7 sardines."

The Doctors share that calcium is vital for: 

  • Building strong bones and teeth
  • Playing an important role in muscle contraction
  • Transmitting messages through nerves
  • Proper blood clotting
  • Maintaining good heart health

They also note that vitamin D helps the body absorb calcium and research has shown that getting enough vitamin D may help lower the chances of developing heart disease, certain cancers, and diabetes. Also, they explain that potassium helps maintain the normal function of the heart, kidneys, muscles, and nervous system. The panel says not getting these nutrients can have serious health implications, especially for kids and young adults.

"Offering your kids dairy milk is a really easy way to get them all the nutrients they need, especially during the growing and developing years. And when kids don't drink milk, it's really hard to get them the nutrition they need... unfortunately today, not enough kids are drinking dairy milk " Dr. Altmann, who has partnered with America’s dairy farmers and milk companies to help educate and encourage parents to include dairy milk in their kids’ diets, tells The Doctors.

To incorporate dairy milk into kids' diets, Dr. Altmann recommends serving milk at meals or adding it to foods like smoothies, oatmeal, and mac & cheese. Visit for additional information, recipe inspiration, and tips.

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