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Is milk as good as we think it is?

 Is milk as good as we think?

Is milk as good as we think?

Doctors against milk

On 19 July, the debate about milk sparkled again, this time in the United States. It was there that a committee of doctors from different fields, united under the banner of “For Responsible Medicine”, issued a report which recommended “the removal of milk as food on school menus necessary”, based on the belief it is a food with a negative balance of advantages and disadvantages.

According to the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine in the United States, milk is a source of saturated fat with calcium levels moderate contributions over other foods; do not justify their inclusion in infant diet. They have therefore asked Congress to amend the National School Lunch Act, after a defense of the health of children, and to the detriment of the interests of the dairy industry. The report of that Committee stipulate that “quoting milk as most important source of calcium in children’s diets, confuse schools and parents regarding foods that can actually build bone, such as beans and vegetables green leaf. “

Is it essential to drink milk to get calcium?

The case has been rising these days in America, picks up the echoes of the many demonstrations for against the milk we have been hearing and reading in recent months. For many, milk is a food for humans unnecessary once the stage of lactation, which apart from being the cause of many digestive complications at people with a high level of intolerance, brings too much saturated fat in relation with the amount of calcium.

However, the milk is still recommended by many physicians as food nutrition balanced diet integral whole. Without going any further, Society of Family and Community Medicine not long ago issued a list of recommendations for the design of “perfect breakfast”, which lacked the corresponding non dairy ration.

What alternatives are there to milk?

No opt for either theory, we have shown on more than one occasion the food supply able to provide alternatives to meet the RDA (recommended daily allowance) of calcium in our diet, without adding saturated fat. The last time, in the article entitled “3 food myths on vitamins, iron and calcium”, the comparison between the amount of calcium contained in a serving of 100 grams of milk, and another of the same amount of sesame, left no room for doubts: 130 mg. (Milk), compared with 780 mg. (Sesame).

But sesame is not the only food that can overcome the contributions of calcium in milk. The Chia seeds, almonds, hazelnuts, oil sardines (with bones), spinach, alfalfa sprouts and soy, are just some of the foods that could be used as milk substitutes.

What is clear is that the debate created, reports like the OCU on milk quality rather little to help promote universal consumption of this drink. Should we continue to drink milk? Have we overrated historically milk as food? What do you think?

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