Don’t children need milk for calcium?
No, what they do need is exercise and a healthy plant-based diet. A recent review on dairy products and bone health (Lanou et al., Pediatrics 2005) shows that there is very little evidence to support increasing the consumption of dairy products in children and young adults in order to promote bone health. This review examined the effects of dairy products and calcium on bone strength in children and young adults and found that physical exercise is the most critical factor for maintaining healthy bones, followed by improving the diet and lifestyle; this means eating plenty of fresh fruit and vegetables, and - for young adults - cutting down on caffeine and avoiding alcohol and smoking.
Find out more:
See our calcium fact sheet.
See our new poster illustrating good plant sources of calcium.
Building Bones for Life - This guide will provide you with all the theoretical and practical information on healthy bones you need. Written in a very easy to read way it explains what the key players in bone health are and how you can achieve healthy bones at any age, even if your bone health is already compromised.