Have you been drinking milk and eating cheese and yogurt your whole life because you’ve been relentlessly told it will build strong bones? Well you might be shocked by several reasons as outlined below to finally kick dairy from your diet for good in order to protect your bones and your health.
Reason 1 – False Advertising Claims
The dairy industry spends $190 million per year in advertising. The promotion of eating fruits and vegetables by the National Cancer Institute is $1 million per year. I'm sure you could recall all the “Got Milk” mustache billboards, commercials, and ads claiming that cow's milk is vital for health and reaching calcium requirements. However, have you ever wondered why the milk cartons and yogurt tubs don’t contain any claim of health benefits whatsoever? The reason why is that it would be against the law to put false and misleading health claims on packaging because the packaging laws are much more strict than advertising regulations. Packaging laws actually require there to be scientific backing to claims. In fact, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has found zero evidence that consuming milk lowers the risk of osteoporosis. In fact, dairy is extremely inflammatory to a person's body – causing all sorts of problems such as arthritis, cardiovascular diseases, osteoporosis, autoimmune diseases, Alzheimer's, and even cancer.
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Reason 2 – Increased Risk of Fractures
Get this, a 12 year Harvard Nurses' Health Study reported that 78,000 women who drank at least 2 cups of milk per day almost doubled their risk of bone fractures. The scientific evidence is very far off from the highly misleading and false “Milk, Does a Body Good” claims.
Not to mention, Finland, Sweden, the U.S., and the U.K. have the highest rates of dairy consumption and they also have the highest rates of osteoporosis.
Reason 3 – Advice of Leading Physicians
Well-known and outspoken physicians are publicly recommending to not consume dairy products – these physicians include: Frank Oski, MD (former Director Department of Pediatrics at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine and Physician-in-Chief, John Hopkins Children's Center), Benjamin Spock, MD, Neal Barnard, MD, John McDougall, MD, Michael Klaper, MD, Robert Kradjian MD, Charles Attwood, MD, and many others.
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Reason 4 – Poor Source of Bioavailable (Absorbable) Calcium
According to the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, people are only able to absorb 32% of calcium from milk. Whereas 64% is absorbed from brussel sprouts and 53% is absorbed from broccoli. Marketing claims of the dairy industry are opposite from actual scientific research. Ironically, a dairy funded study (that was published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition) found that postmenopausal women who drank 5 glasses of milk per day (containing 1500 mg of calcium) actually lost more calcium than the control group!
Surprised about these studies? Have you experienced bone fractures, bone loss, low calcium, cancer, inflammation, or digestion or autoimmune diseases/issues? Perhaps cutting out dairy from your diet could help you.
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