Like everything, it’s a complicated issue. Some people believe humans shouldn’t consume milk at all — after all, we’re the only animal that consumes milk meant for another animal’s young. On the other hand, as my dad astutely pointed out, for some people in countries with food shortage, a milk-cow could sustain a family, providing much needed protein. Milk may have some nutritional benefits for those who can tolerate it, such as calcium. (For those who can’t drink milk, broccoli, almonds, seaweed and leafy greens like kale are just a few of many naturally occurring good sources of calcium, and the calcium they provide has been proven more easy to absorb than the calcium in dairy products.)
Complicated issues aside, I had to cringe when the Dairy Industry commercials came out claiming that three servings of milk products per day is GOOD for weight loss. Thankfully, Physicians Group for Responsible Medicine told the Federal Trade Commission that these ads were misleading and false and the FTC halted the ads. Thank you, doctors!
I have a feeling the damage has been done. Did anyone else hear about this recall? Yet I bet we all remember the ads. I discovered it this blog post about it when my dear friend Rachel was trying to help me find a vegan nutella recipe.
For the record, even though I no longer drink milk, I still hold a special place in my heart for those eighties commercials where the kid looks in the mirror and his reflection grows into a teenage hottie who says, “Milk: Does a Body Good.” They had one with a girl, too. Those milk people sure know the ways to a young girl’s heart.