Got Milk? In our present society people are beginning to become more heath conscious of what exactly they are putting into their bodies and milk is one of the ‘wonder’ drinks. No one really takes the time to think of the nutrition value behind milk because many have grown up drinking it. There are many quarrels about milk and what exactly it provides for the body.
My being a milkoholic is what really drove my interest in this controversy. Many people grew up drinking milk and always were told that it helps you grow and is makes you strong, well at least that is what was put into my head and that is why getting to the bottom of what milk really does is crucial.
Milk, the drink that “does our body good”, is being promoted for providing Vitamins A, D, E, K, B1, B2, B6, and B12. However why is it that when I look into my fridge and examine the vitamins, it only says Vitamin A, C, D, and Calcium?
There are a few things that corporations and doctors are not telling society.
Is Milk hiding a few secrets from the world? Milk has many branches to the different types of negative and positive contribution it has to us like heart disease, cancer, milk and bone health, synthetic hormones, pasteurized versus raw milk, and conventional non organic milk.
All of pros and cons possess good and harmful counter arguments. The main point of discussion was on Calcium, one of milk’s most flaunted qualities. The Calcium in milk is said to help prevent osteoporosis, cancer prevention, relieve PMS, and improve cardiovascular and oral health. Many studies say that the calcium in milk is so little that people shouldn’t look to milk as their main source for calcium.
For example the CDC in 2007 showed that a cup of Calcium fortified orange juice has the same amount of Calcium that the cup of milk contained. Another food that provided equal to more calcium was a taco, this study was taken by USDA in 2005. This is thought provoking because Frank R. Greer, MD, Professor of Pediatrics at the University of Wisconsin-Madison School of Medicine said that, “Milk is one of the richest dietary sources of calcium and vitamin D, critical for building strong bones in kids and teens… While calcium supplements and non-dairy foods such as calcium-fortified beverages are an alternative, these products do not offer milk’s unique nutrient package.
” It is just confusing how both sources contradict each other so one is left with the thought of which one do should people believe? It is obvious that fact cannot be debated over, the calcium in milk is weak and people should find another source. Another big issue with milk is that it doesn’t contain iron, and because iron is essential for our human bodies to grow and mature, the children who drink a lot of milk do not get enough Iron in their system. Additionally milk’s protein can agitate children’s digestive tract, thus leading to bleeding and the loss of more Iron in the body.
For children, the loss of more iron means that their bodies do not have enough Iron to produce red blood cells which can lead to Iron Deficiency Anemia. This is worrisome because millions of people drink milk, so many people could potentially be at risk of obtaining this disease. A Canadian study showed that Dietary iron aids early brain development, and iron deficiency with or without anemia permanently impairs psychomotor development.
The label on milk does not state this on the label and the doctor doesn’t explain either that one who drinks can be possibly at risk for obtaining many diseases. If people have been drinking milk since the prehistoric times, and if it is so bad, shouldn’t we have stopped drinking it by now? Although milk doesn’t have as much Calcium as many people believe it, it is still a source of Calcium. Why would doctor’s recommend drinking milk so much if it would turn out to possibly give you numerous diseases? The logic behind this doesn’t add up, Heidi Kalkwarf an Associate Professor of Pediatrics “found that milk intake in childhood and adolescence is associated with increased bone mass and density in adulthood.
” Milk is also a “one-stop shopping for nutrition” it is can be great because it isn’t just known for calcium but has all the basic nutrients that a growing child would need: carbohydrates, proteins, fats, vitamins and minerals. The universal truth to the matter is that “Milk is a complex mixture of substances, some desirable, and others most definitely not. Avoiding milk is a health benefit, not a hazard, so long as you have a modest amount of calcium from a good quality supplement. ” Stated by Margaret Moss, MA, Director of the Nutrition and Allergy Clinic in Greater Manchester.
It says that basically milk isn’t hazardous but people should try to avoid it. Many people can get their basic nutrients in other sources. There are also many questions posed as to if all milk is bad or just the pasteurized whole milk. There is also debate about if it makes your bones stronger and in response Amy Lanou Ph. D. , nutrition director for the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine in Washington, D. C. stated “The countries with the highest rates of osteoporosis are the ones where people drink the most milk and have the most calcium in their diets.
The connection between calcium consumption and bone health is actually very weak, and the connection between dairy consumption and bone health is almost nonexistent. ” All milk contains harmful ingredients but some milk is less bad than others, like two percent milk. Although it still does not give one a whole lot of calcium it still contains less saturated fat and is condensed. People are capable of living without milk; however personally, I will not stop drinking milk because of this.
Lowering the amount of intake I drink however would seem wise and trying to look to other sources for calcium and vitamins. The essential facts and evidence that we have on milk cannot be avoided; milk is not too good for our bodies. People need to be more educated on the harms it causes and be aware that milk has many cons. Some of the best substitutes for milk are almond milk or organic soymilk, as it tastes similar to milk but doesn’t come with the tribulations that milk does.
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