Health E Guide Nutrition, Cambridge Ontario
Ruth Thompson, Registered Nutritionist: RHN, RNCP, ROHP, MSW
Are You Getting Enough?
Posted by: Ruth Thompson RHN, RNCP, ROHP, MSW at 13:31, March 25 2013
Have you seen the advertisement asking us if we are getting enough? ...dairy products, that is. The reason we need milk, cheese, etc., we are told, is for calcium to build bones and prevent osteoporosis. I cringe when I hear this message because of what I know about milk and its effects on human bodies.
· While it’s true that milk has high levels of calcium, it is not well absorbed by humans. Cow’s milk is for calves, and only until they are weaned.
· Calcium is just one of the nutrients that build bones. We also need magnesium, manganese, boron and Vitamin D and K. Milk contains little or none of these nutrients
The negative health effects of milk outweigh any possible benefit:
· An estimated 25% of the population are intolerant to dairy products. This means that their health will suffer from drinking milk.
· Milk drinking has been associated with increased rates of Type 1 diabetes in children.
· According to the World Health Organization, countries consuming the most milk products also have the highest rates of osteoporosis, breast cancer, allergies and diabetes.
If you want to “get enough” calcium PLUS the other important nutrients for bone health, the best sources are green leafy vegetables, legumes, nuts and seeds. Regular consumption of hummus, greens (kale, collard greens) and almonds will do the trick, and with no negative health effects.
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