Dairy-free kids and strong bones

milk and calcium foods Dairy and healthy bones have long been equated, and a brand new study from Boston University published in the Journal of Pediatrics again correlates dairy intake and mineral density in kids' bones. In fact, on average, kids who consumed two or more servings daily had bone mineral content 175 grams higher than those who did not. But what if your kid doesn't LIKE dairy? Won't touch yogurt, let alone drink a glass of milk? (That's me. My one-year-old HATES all things lactated—aside from mommy's milk which he still gets occasionally.)

We've done many stories about bone health over the years, and I know that dark green leafy vegetables, beans, broccoli, and almonds contain healthy servings of calcium, but I'm guessing that in the amounts my toddler eats they are not enough. So for now I've been giving him a chewable calcium supplement, ground up between two spoons (is there anything that isn't a choking hazard?). Who knows, he may grow out of his dairy aversion, but on the other hand it could be his way of saying, "My body doesn't want this!"

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