Medical Research: What is the background for this study? What are the main findings?
Dr. Maguire: One of the main health benefits of cow’s milk is vitamin D. We were interested to know if non-cow’s milk supports children’s vitamin D blood levels as well as cow’s milk.
Medical Research: What should clinicians and patients take away from your report?
Dr. Maguire: It appears that children drinking non-cow’s milk have lower vitamin D levels than children drinking cow’s milk.
Medical Research: What recommendations do you have for future research as a result of this study?
Dr. Maguire: Identify strategies for children who consume non-cow’s milk to have the same vitamin D levels as children who consume cow’s milk.
Consumption of non–cow’s milk beverages and serum vitamin D levels in early childhood
Grace J. Lee, Catherine S. Birken, Patricia C. Parkin, Gerald Lebovic ,Yang Chen, Mary R. L’Abbé, Jonathon L. Maguire, and for the TARGet Kids! Collaboration
CMAJ cmaj.140555; published ahead of print October 20, 2014, doi:10.1503/cmaj.140555