Facts about Milk

Hi friends-

We have been told by industry to drink more milk if you want to lose weight, get enough calcium and be healthy. We want to provide some information to help debunk milk drinking, one of the biggest dietary myths we have been told.

An average cow produces 25 times more milk per year than just fifty years ago. Are cows getting bigger? Sure we all need calcium for strong bones, but calcium is just a small part of the story, hundreds of other nutrients are also needed for healthy bones and vegetable intake is the best predictor of healthy bones, not dairy.

Green vegetables are not only higher in calcium than milk, but have the other accessory nutrients that build bones. For great health, we should get more calcium from nutrient rich plant sources such as greens, beans, seeds and nuts and less from dairy products.

Below are some natural foods that are rich in calcium.

Broccoli, cooked, two cups . . . . . . . . . . 190 mg

Collard greens, one cup . . . . . . . . . . . . .357 mg

Calcium-fortified orange juice (8 oz) . . . 300 mg

Garbanzo beans, one cup . . . . . . . . . . . 150 mg

Kale, cooked, one cup . . . . . . . . . . . . . 180 mg

Lettuce, four cups . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 160 mg

Soybeans, one cup . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 175 mg

Sweet potato, two cups . . . . . . . . . . . . .160 mg

Tahini (sesame seed paste) two tbsp. . . .305 mg

Turnip greens, cooked, one cup . . . . . . . 249 mg

Overall, milk is not health food. Cow‘s milk can be difficult to digest and lead to skin and digestive problems, and while calcium is important, you get all the calcium you need in beans, greens and seeds, which are loaded with nutrients important for protecting your health and supporting bone strength.

Some of my favorite nutmilks are almond milk, soy milk and hemp milk. These are great on oatmeal, in smoothies, and just straight up! Try making homemade almond milk—it’s easy and delicious— Take a ride to the store and load up on these alternatives to animal milk – your body will thank you!

Eat Right America-

Jane Ashley, MA, CHHC, AADP

Director, Consumer Communications, ERA

Certified Holistic Nutrition Coach

Published on January 24, 2011 at 2:57 PM  Leave a Comment  

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