Milk, It Does a Body…Bad?

Recently, upon entering the Union Station Metro station here in Washington, I noticed a rather surprising ad campaign. In an effort to make school lunches healthier, the ad said: “Let’s move milk out of school lunch.”

Really?

So, everything I’ve been told since before I can even remember is wrong? The mustachioed “Got Milk” ads, the Sally Fields osteoporosis ads, the food pyramid? Even Michelle Obama’s “My Plate” and “Let’s Move” initiatives?

The sign itself looked like it was from Michelle Obama’s “Let’s Move” initiative, because, well, it said “Let’s Move” on it. But in reality, the word “really” was written above the phrase, and going to the website listed revealed that it was an independent campaign, called “Let’s Really Move,” because, apparently, Mrs. Obama’s in-your-face initiative is actually a big fat failure.

The Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine (PCRM) claims that recent studies dispute every single other study ever conducted which say milk is good for you. They say that milk does not:

  • Promote bone health
  • Prevent osteoporosis
  • Make you stronger

I want to believe them, I mean, the group is made up of about 20 doctors, but it’s just difficult to stomach the notion that everything I’ve ever been told about milk is wrong. Maybe milk is a bit high in fat, cholesterol, and sugar, but is it really the worst thing out there? We’ve been told that juice is unhealthy and we shouldn’t drink it, then what – besides water – can we drink that is healthy? Are we not supposed to have any flavors in our liquids?

Trying to keep track of what is and isn’t healthy is becoming nearly impossible these days. Next thing you know, vegetables will be bad for you.

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3 thoughts on “Milk, It Does a Body…Bad?

  1. Water is not healthy because of all the chemicals and medications that in the water… in PWCS, a student cannot even get Whole Milk for lunch, without a special request – only 2% and 1% milk available. Whole milk is 3.5% fat. Although naturally occurring milk fat is much healthier than the hamburger fat or fried chicken sandwich fat. crazy. the Dept of Education has also declared ketchup as a vegetable… because it is made from tomatoes. Actually, it is a fruit – but why be specific. this is the same Department of Education that chose to feed our children PINK SLIME for years. How can anyone take any of the “healthy food” initiative seriously, when our food supply and our water supply has been so badly compromised?

  2. The “Got Milk” campaign IS the dairy industry, obviously they are going to tell you it’s good for you. That’s like Coca-Cola telling you soda is good for you. The Food Pyramid and MyPlate have always had heavy industry influence in their creation, including from the dairy industry, so again, they have a vested interest. And studies done on milk when funded by the industry have a 0% chance of finding negative results, whereas studies not funded by the industry often find adverse effects. The reality is that societies that consume the most dairy have the highest incidence of osteoporosis, i.e. the United States, while the lowest dairy produces the lowest disease rate. Even within this country, the individuals consuming the least amount of dairy have the lowest incidence of osteoporosis.

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