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2007-07-29
 

Is milk good for your health?

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Milk has been getting some negative publicity. People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) has a campaign against milk called "milk sucks!" in which they promote vegetarian literature and list illnesses that have been linked to dairy products, including allergies, heart disease, colic, flatulence, breast cancer, autism, etc. The Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine (PCRM) also states that "many Americans still consume substantial amounts of dairy products -- and government policies still promote them -- despite scientific evidence that questions their health benefits and indicates their potential health risks". The main agenda of PCRM is to convert people into vegetarians.

The truth is that humans are mammals who are supposed to get their nourishment from mother's milk for at least two years. Many people lose the ability to digest lactose, a milk sugar, as they get older, and they develop cramps and diarrhea after drinking milk. One study showed that 19 of 20 Oriental adults were lactose intolerant, whereas only 2 out of 20 Caucasians had this problem.[1]

Milk is a rich source of calcium and protein. Cheeses and fermented milk products, such as yogurt, are nutritious and generally do not cause digestive problems because they have little or no lactose. You do not have to fear milk. People have been herding goats and cattle and surviving on their milk for at least ten thousand years.
Learn more about lactose and other sugars

[1] Huang, Shi-Shung; Bayless, Theodore M., Milk and Lactose Intolerance in Healthy Orientals, Science, Volume 160, Issue 3823, pp. 83-84.


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