According to Dr Lynn L Moore of Boston University School of Medicine and her colleagues, children who ate at least 2 servings of dairy foods a day throughout their childhood had denser bones in their teens, compared to their peers who don’t.
The researchers analyzed data from the Framingham Children’s Study for 106 children who were followed from 1987 when they were 3 to 5 years old, to 1999. Several 3-day food diaries were collected throughout the course of the study and the participants had bone scans when thery were 15-17 years old.
Study participants who averaged 2 or more servings of dairy foods a day throughout their childhood had a higher bone mineral density than those who ate less, Children who ate 4 or more servings of meat or another protein source also had denser bones. Dairy and protein seemed to have additive effects, with children who cosumed the most of both types of food having the densest, largest bones; those who consumed the least had the thinnest bones.
Well, Dr Moore concluded that “This findings of this study confirm the importance of a diet rich in dairy and other protein sources on adolescent bone mass”.