Oh my. There’s always a dairy fight. One is raging right now and each side knows they are right. How to tell the real winner? Science. Evidence-based research.
The Physician’s Committee for Responsible Medicine (PCRM) outs the villains every chance they get. In today’s case, the dairy industry is about to go under. Or at least rattled to the bones.
- Milk leads to bone fractures. In a Harvard University study of 6,712 adolescents, those who drank the most milk had the most fractures. Other studies support this fact.
- Milk didn’t prevent hip fractures. As women move toward the older life cycle, there’s no protection milk affords from osteoporosis and bone breaks. That after following 72,000 women for 18 years in the Harvard Nurses’ Health Study.
- Milk does not lead to greater weight loss despite a one-time study that showed it did. That study has yet to be replicated, a very important part of research. Can you find the exact same results time and again? No, not in this case.
- Milk increases risk of prostate cancer. Yep, again Harvard. Just 2 1/2 daily dairy servings increase risk by 34%. Another Harvard study found the same result (replication).
- Fat-free milk is just like soda calorie-wise. When you skim the fat, you leave a lot of milk sugar. (And a little protein.) Yet, full fat milk is loaded with heart un-healthy saturated fat.
When we break down the nutrients in milk that the dairy industry purports to be needed, we come up behind the eight ball. Dairy fat is unhealthy. And dairy is known to lead to mucus production and inflammation.
Our body craves carbohydrates for energy but there are multitudes of healthier carbs than milk sugar – like fruits, vegetables, and unrefined grains. Calcium can be found in beans, tofu, broccoli, kale and collard greens, bread and cereal, and nondairy beverages that are fortified with calcium. Protein options sans dairy are abundant in legumes, whole grains, eggs, and for meat eaters, lean, organic cuts of beef, chicken and turkey (please DO NOT EAT the deli slices and hot dogs).
It’s up to you. And I can’t wait to hear your comments.