We keep seeing Got Milk ads from time to time, and how marketers are saying that its all good for us and all. The New York Times points to several statistics and studies that show how dairy can actually be pretty bad for us. Perhaps its time to reevaluate just how much we need to consume.
Today the Department of Agriculture's recommendation for dairy is a mere three cups daily - still 1½ pounds by weight - for every man, woman and child over age 9. This in a country where as many as 50 million people are lactose intolerant, including 90 percent of all Asian-Americans and 75 percent of all African-Americans, Mexican-Americans and Jews. The myplate.gov site helpfully suggests that those people drink lactose-free beverages. (To its credit, it now counts soy milk as "dairy.")
There's no mention of water, which is truly nature's perfect beverage; the site simply encourages us to switch to low-fat milk. But, says Neal Barnard, president of the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine, "Sugar - in the form of lactose - contributes about 55 percent of skim milk's calories, giving it ounce for ounce the same calorie load as soda."
Of course, milk's got its own benefits, but the article notes that there are healthier ways to get the nutrients and benefits it provides. Check out the article at the source link: