Teenage girls risking their health going dairy free

Teenage girls are seeking 'trendy' alternatives to cows milk such as almond milk  They are switching to the 'fad' diets in the believe the plant-based milk is better  Stars such as Gwyneth Paltrow encourage people to ditch dairy milk in their diet Calcium from milk is an excellent method of strenthening bones for later life 

By Xantha Leatham For The Daily Mail

Published: 00:49 GMT, 13 January 2018 | Updated: 00:51 GMT, 13 January 2018

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One in six teenage girls has now cut dairy from their diets in a ‘generational health disaster waiting to happen’.

Research reveals that almost a fifth of teenage girls aged 13 to 19 are drinking less milk than two years ago, and one in six have cut it out altogether.

Many see trendy almond milk and other plant-based alternatives as a healthier option to cows’ milk, while celebrities such as Gwyneth Paltrow promote a dairy-free lifestyle. But Sophie Medlin, a lecturer in nutrition and dietetics at King’s College London, warns that the shift could be doing more harm than good.

One in six teenage girls are avoiding cow's milk in the belief that 'plant milk' is healthier

One in six teenage girls are avoiding cow's milk in the belief that 'plant milk' is healthier

Hollywood stars such as Gwyneth Paltrow, pictured, advocate a dairy-free lifestyle 

stars such as Gwyneth Paltrow, pictured, advocate a dairy-free lifestyle 

She said the majority of switches are the result of

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