The Top 5 BIG FAT Lies About Milk Debunked

Did you grow up being told to ‘drink your milk’?

This is not surprising at all, since millions of dollars are poured into campaigns and advertising that keep people in the state of believing that milk is ‘healthy’ for them. The extent of this lie has gone so far that most know with certainty that they cannot survive without milk. The topic was raised again recently, since a study was called into question for suggesting that chocolate milk could be beneficial for teens recovering from concussions. Not surprisingly, the study was funded by the dairy industry.

Before I go on to debunk the 5 big fat lies of the milk industry, I would like to give you a real life example of how common sense is all you need to see the real effects milk has on your body. I have a carnivore friend who doesn’t eat dairy products. Why? A few years ago, for some reason he decided to up his milk consumption. He was basically consuming milk and dairy products every day. He is someone who is very proud of his beautiful set of white teeth and he was extremely surprised when he had to visit his dentist and discover that a few of his teeth were completely ruined. He was in his late thirties and had never had such problems before, so he started looking for the root of the issue. He certainly wasn’t happy with all the treatments he had to undergo, nor was he too pleased to pay for them. With a simple back-logic, he linked his decaying teeth problem with his milk consumption (since he wasn’t much of a dairy eater before that). He was clever enough to educate himself on the issue and made a decision to completely cut off dairy from his menu. He not only noticed a huge shift in his energy levels, but a few years later (when he was telling me the story), he still didn’t need to pay another visit to the dentist.

Now, of course there are the ethical issues of the dairy industry which are not discussed here, but this is a simple enough illustration of how each of us can make a very simple experiment in order to see the truth about dairy – it doesn’t take much but some common sense to get out of the mass hypnosis we’ve been put into. If you need a more scientific explanation on all of there, here are

The 5 Greatest Myths About Milk Debunked By Dr. Barnard

Myth 1: Milk builds strong bones.

The Top 5 BIG FAT Lies About Milk DebunkedThe dairy and bone health link is one of the most pervasive milk myths. One large-scale Harvard study followed 72,000 women for two decades and found no evidence that drinking milk can prevent bone fractures or osteoporosis. Another study of more than 96,000 people found that the more milk men consumed as teenagers, the more bone fractures they experience as adults. Similarly, another study found that adolescent girls who consumed the most calcium, mostly in the form of dairy products, were at greater risk for stress fractures than those consuming less calcium.

Myth 2: Drinking milk can help you lose weight.

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While advertisers would like you to believe that drinking milk can slim you down, studies consistently show that dairy products offer zero benefits for weight control. One major study even found that dairy products might lead to weight gain. In 2005, the Physicians Committee petitioned the FTC to put an immediate end to the dairy industry’s misleading campaigns about milk and weight control. In response, the government no longer allows advertising campaigns to claim that dairy products lead to weight loss.

Myth 3: Milk is “nature’s perfect food.”

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Cow’s milk might be ideal for growing baby cows, but it’s far from a perfect food for humans. More than 60 percent of people are lactose intolerant, which can lead to uncomfortable symptoms like cramping, diarrhea, and bloating. Regular consumption of dairy products has also been linked to prostate cancer, lung cancer, breast cancer, and ovarian cancer.

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Myth 4: Kids need milk to be healthy.

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After babies are weaned from breast milk or formula, they do not need any type of milk to be healthy. Milk consumption during childhood has even been linked to colic and type 1 diabetes. Another study found no evidence that low-fat milk plays any role in preventing childhood obesity.

Myth 5: Milk is heart-healthy.

Milk and other dairy products are the top sources of artery-clogging saturated fat in the American diet. Milk products also contain dietary cholesterol. Diets high in fat, saturated fat, and cholesterol increase the risk of heart disease, which remains America’s top killer.

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