No Body Needs Milk

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Thanks to countless millions of dollars in advertising, almost everybody thinks they need milk. Over the past several decades, cow’s milk and its byproducts have come to be seen as an essential part of the diet of most Americans. Milkand milk products such as cheese, yogurt, ice cream, whey, kefir and butter have been effectively promoted by the Unified Marketing Plan1 with a budget in excess of $165 million a year. But this promotion hasn’t just been aboutadvertising. Federal laws mandate that all schools will provide childrenwith milk at each meal or face the loss of federal funds. Thoseresponsible for this mandate have chosen to ignore the fact that up to 90 percent of African- American, 70 percent of Asian, and 15 percent of Caucasian children are unable to digest the sugar (lactose) in milk. Despite this and othercontroversies regarding health consequences, dairy consumption hassteadily climbed since 1980. Half of all dairy consumption (per capita
consumption currently exceeds 584 pounds per year) comes in the form of cheese, a super-concentrated form of healthcompromising saturated fat and salt. Of all the animals on the planet, people are the only creatures who routinely consume the milk products of other species. What has been assumedto be a beneficial practice is, in fact, more than merely
questionable. The scientific evidence suggests that the consequences of this practice are devastating.2 It appears likely that no other component in the modern diet causes more pain and suffering, including premature death and disability, than dairy products.


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