Got Milk? You Don’t Need It?

Drinking milk is as American as Mom and apple pie. Until not long ago, Americans were encouraged not only by the lobbying group called the American Dairy Association but by parents, doctors and teachers to drink four 8-ounce glasses of milk, “nature’s perfect food,” every day. That’s two pounds! We don’t consume two pounds a day of anything else; even our per capita soda consumption is “only” a pound a day.

Today the Department of Agriculture’s recommendation for dairy is a mere three cups daily — still 1½ pounds by weight — for every man, woman and child over age 9. This in a country where as many as 50 million people are lactose intolerant, including 90 percent of all Asian-Americans and 75 percent of all African-Americans, Mexican-Americans and Jews. The myplate.gov site helpfully suggests that those people drink lactose-free beverages. (To its credit, it now counts soy milk as “dairy.”)

There’s no mention of water, which is truly nature’s perfect beverage; the site simply encourages us to switch to low-fat milk. But, says Neal Barnard, president of the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine, “Sugar — in the form of lactose — contributes about 55 percent of skim milk’s calories, giving it ounce for ounce the same calorie load as soda.”

Read the rest of this column here.

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3 Comments

  1. DenaliDadd said...

    Why WOULD they tell us to drink more water and less of everything else? There’s not money in it for anyone — just increased health, and what’s that worth on Wall Street, anyway? To me, this is validation that even the so-called scientists of our governmental oversight agencies, those created and empowered to protect us, can be and have been bought by special interest groups.Just drink water. Any kind of water, as long as it’s not sweetened. Buy it in expensive square bottles. Get a home water cooler. Put a fancy filter on your faucet. Whatever pleases you.Just. Drink. More. Water.

  2. James Connell said...

    Just an aside on the heartburn problem: Want a really good natural remedy for heartburn? Try almonds. Have a spoonful of almond paste or take 4-5 almonds and chew them well. *(unroasted, unsalted almonds). Works every time for me. Nutritious, delicious and natural.

  3. tldream67 said...

    Yes, more H2O and less milk in our public schools too!

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