Growing up, I heard time and again how important milk was for my health. My parents, grandparents, teachers, the Idaho high school sporting competitions, the “Got Milk” campaign—all taught the benefits of drinking milk.
Since leaving the farming community for college, I hear a different tune. I have had 24 different roommates (no wonder I’m crazy), and only a few of them ever bought dairy milk, and if so, it was usually skim. Most of these girls used almond or soy milk for cereal and cooking.
The article I reference below from Progressive Dairyman highlights the nutrition of milk and even considers the option of “fresh milk” (the best milk!).
Also check out these two articles—”The Case Against Low-fat Milk Is Stronger Than Ever” and “Why Full-Fat Dairy May Be Healthier Than Low-Fat“—from Time about how studies have found people who consume full-fat dairy products have a lower rate of obesity and risk of diabetes.
Here is a look at the article mentioned before, which can be read in full at Progressive Dairyman.
The erosion of milk’s reputation as a healthy food choice is the biggest issue facing the nation’s dairy industry, said the new dairy chair for The Ohio State University’s College of Food, Agricultural and Environmental Sciences.
“We could survive longer on milk without food, without water, without pizza, than you can survive on anything else,” said Rafael Jimenez-Flores, who joined the college as the J.T. “Stubby” Parker Endowed Chair in Dairy Foods earlier this year.
Jimenez-Flores has made it his mission to demonstrate scientifically the nutritional benefits of milk in the face of “fear mongering” that may have led to some public misconceptions that it is not good for you. “It is unethical to use fear for profit when we are trying to feed the world,” he said.
Read more here.