For years, we have heard that “Milk does a body good.” But that statement has come into question. Recently, the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine, a non-profit group, asked Congress to ban milk from school menus, citing potential health risk. The idea of eliminating the classic lunchtime drink sparked debates about dairy.
The USDA food pyramid recommends that children consume two to three servings of dairy as part of a healthy and balanced diet.
“The best health benefit you get from milk is the calcium which does help with growth and bone density” said Natalie Martinez, a dietician at Grand Strand Regional Medical Center in Myrtle Beach South Carolina.
But Dr. Robert Bibb, author of the book “Deadly, Dairy, Deception” is among the growing number of people who say consuming dairy products does more harm than good.
“There is a growth factor in dairy products that body builders use to put on weight, called Whey,” said Dr. Bibb. “The freaky thing is that the growth factor in dairy products is identical to human growth factors.”
Dr. Bibb said milk and other dairy products can lead to childhood obesity and increased levels of estrogen in young girls.
“We look at young women in our society and they are having their periods when they are 11 years old” said Dr. Bibb. “The young girls are growing a foot taller than the boys in the same grade and the reason being is that dairy is loaded with high levels of estrogen.”
When it comes to adults, Dr. Bibb said studies have linked high levels of dairy consumption to breast, prostate, and ovarian cancer.
“Dairy is not just fattening us, it is killing us” he said. “It has hormones in it designed for calves that are not being destroyed by the pasteurization process.”
Martinez said milk and other dairy products are tested for safe levels of hormones and antibiotics. She said stomach acids can help inactivate some hormones.. A diet rich in protein contributes to bone health. Due to their high protein and calcium content, health experts said dairy foods can help maintain strong bones and diets containing low-fat dairy foods, with reduced saturated fat, can be as effective as some medications in reducing blood pressure in people with mild high blood pressure.
While the dairy debate raises questions about potential health risk, doctors and dieticians agreed non-dairy alternatives such as soy milk, almond milk or coconut milk can be healthier options.
For more information about dairy:
USDA Food Pyramid Information:
Information about Dr. Bibb and potential harms of diary products