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January 1994

Cow's Milk Is a Good Food for Some and a Poor Choice for Others: Eliminating the Hyperbole-Reply

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The Department of Pediatrics Children's Medical Center of Brooklyn 450 Clarkson Ave, Box 49 Brooklyn, NY 11203-2098

Arch Pediatr Adolesc Med. 1994;148(1):107. doi:10.1001/archpedi.1994.02170010106027

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Abstract

Oski and Paige are correct in their citation of the current recommended daily dietary allowances; I inexcusably referred to the value for adolescents. That changes the arithmetic, but not the substance, of the editorial. Basically, we see the same facts and come to different conclusions. We can all agree with Oski and Paige that "cow's milk is a good food for some and a poor choice for others." The latter group in childhood in the United States is a small one, particularly if excessive amounts are not consumed. The best vegetable proteins in combination do not fully substitute for at least some dietary animal protein and will rarely provide adequate absorbable calcium.

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