I’m not a big milk drinker. I don’t think I ever have been. My mom hates milk, and has for as long as I can remember. The thought of milk turns her stomach. I guess that’s probably the reason I wasn’t given large glasses of milk as a child. I don’t recall ever hearing my mom saying, “drink your milk!” Other than hearing about the benefits of milk, and the famous Got Milk? campaign, I really haven’t given milk much thought at all. Maybe I should have. A few years ago, living in San Francisco, I discovered that I had a vitamin D deficiency. My doctor didn’t suggest that I start drinking milk – he didn’t even ask if I drink any milk.
It didn’t cross my mind for several days. While shopping for groceries, I picked up a quart of milk for my coffee. I wondered for a moment if I should buy a gallon instead, and start drinking a glass of milk every morning for vitamin D. Then, I thought, “meh, I’ll pass. I’m taking 2000 mg vitamin D supplements. I don’t need this.”
I recently spoke with someone over at LearnStuff about milk and whether it really does a body good or not. Here’s what they had to say about it. What do you think? Do you make your kids drink a big glass of milk every morning? Do you drink milk? Does it do a body good? Leave a comment with your thoughts!
For years, we’ve been told that milk does a body good. But does it really? Though touted as the healthier option at home and in restaurants, milk has roughly the same calorie count as soda and 2% milk contains the same amount of saturated fat as french fries. Given these two facts, the correlation between high milk consumption and high rates of Type 1 diabetes and heart disease makes sense. Even though one-third of Americans are lactose intolerant, the U.S. still consumes nearly 9 times the amount of milk that China does. So why do we drink so much milk? Because cows are making more of it. With the introduction of growth hormones like rBST, milk cows are producing nearly twice as much as they did in 1970.
Milk – bad for us, bad for cows.
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