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Nutrition SCI/241

Professor Zachary Lahlou

July 16, 2012

The article I reviewed was “Does Milk Hurt Kids” written by Mary Carmichael for Newsweek magazine in 2006. The article relates to the protein needs of infants or toddlers compared to adults. The author believes that American children are not getting the proper nutrition because so many parents are substituting rice or soy milk which lack needed vitamins.
This article was very informative and clearly explained that while soy and rice milk have good benefits for adults it can cause serious health conditions for infants and children. These products lack the proper amount of vitamin D and protein needed for good development. As noted by the Center for Disease Control (CDC), lack of proper vitamins and nutrition can result in rickets (a severe vitamin D deficiency) and kwashiorkor (protein deficiency) which are normally only found in third world countries.
The reason why rice and soy milk cause issues for younger children is because their diets do not contain a wide variety of foods and so they lack vitally needed protein and vitamins. Adults eat such a wide variety of foods that substituting rice or soymilk for dairy milk does not typically have any affect on the amount of vitamins and protein consumed. According to Albert Yan, “a pediatric dermatologist at the University of Pennsylvania, babies' skin becomes like "flaky paint" and their hair, lacking enough melanin, gets lighter. More seriously, they develop tissue swelling (edema) and their bodies fail to produce crucial immune factors.”
The good news from this article is that these nutritional problems are typically reversible. Producers of rice and soy milk products are doing their best to notify consumers of the problems related to feeding their products to…...

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