Are They Right About Milk? The Milk Myth Revisited
I always find it thrilling when I learn that the Save Our Bones community continues to gain more and more recognition. And we must be doing something right, because this past summer, the Nutrition Action Healthletter (NAH) – the “largest circulation health and nutrition newsletter in the North America” (their typo, not mine) – ran a feature in an attempt to debunk my article about milk.1
At first I thought I’d just let it slide, but since quite a few members of the Save Our Bones community came across the article and asked me about it, I’ve decided to address it.
In its critique titled “Dairy, Hero or Villain?” the author bases his premise on a few quotes and studies, concluding that “eating dairy foods does not appear to harm bones.”2
Excluding the fact that the quotes and studies cited deal with “animal protein” and not specifically milk, they pale in comparison to the amount of research which proves that the exact opposite is true.
And I’m not talking about obscure publications. If you have the Save Our Bones Program, you know that in its Bibliography there’s no shortage of mainstream scientific sources about this topic.
And here’s an amazing coincidence. On August 26th, the Johns Hopkins Health Alerts publications posted an article that could be …
Straight out of the Save Our Bones Program
Titled “Rethinking the Role of Protein-Rich Diets in Osteoporosis Prevention”, the authors write that,
“Beyond ensuring the strength of the skeletal system, protein and calcium also play an important role in regulating the delicate balance of acids and bases in the blood. When the blood becomes even slightly too acidic, calcium – which is alkaline – leaches from bone to neutralize the acids in the blood, a process that can lead to a reduction in bone mineral density. The problem is that the typical American diet is high protein — rich in meat, poultry, fish, eggs and dairy. When your body metabolizes these foods, they are broken down into sulfuric and organic acids that raise the acidity of the blood (digestion of cereal grains like rice and wheat also produce acidic compounds).”3
Science or Smear?
For some mysterious reason, it seems that the NAH is eager to turn a blind eye to the link between osteoporosis and milk. But it doesn’t really matter, because as I’ve shown you today, we are not alone. Slowly but surely, the correct information is filtering through.
So let’s raise our milk (substitute) glass for a bone health toast!
Till next time,
2 Schardt, David. “Dairy, Hero or Villain?” Nutrition Action Healthletter. July/August 2011.