Milk Is Still Good

Ever seen the latest headlines about milk? Against all previous historical data on milk, one study claims that milk can be unhealthy for the body. Most studies have cited milk as one of the most nutritional drinks to be consumed.

What is of concern is that these exaggerated headlines could influence American consumer habits and health outcomes in a negative manner.  It is of utmost importance that the nation should increase the nutrient value of their food content and not take away food items that provide some important nutrients. It is also of concern that the new behavior could be impacted by a single study.

The study was published in a British Medical journal. The study was conducted by Swedish Researchers which linked milk with negative health risks.  Yet this is only one particular study, conducted in an observational manner. The fallacy is that the research shows only an association or a likelihood of there being a health risk, and does not show a cause and effect outcome. The researchers themselves state that the research should be accepted with some hesitancy.

Recommendations would be based on sound science and countless other studies showing the importance of milk as a nutritional food, instead of sensational headlines.

These are the facts about milk that all milk companies and consumers should keep in mind:

  1. It is a top source of much needed calcium and vitamin D in the diet.
  2. It is packed with nine essential nutrients, including high valued protein.
  3. It is not consumed in the recommended amounts by most of the population.
  4. It is hard to get the nutrients from other sources without consuming milk.

My advice is to keep on consuming milk and more of it. One’s diet should not be changed based on a single study.