Got Milk? Not sure you need it.

Below are snippets from an article on Milk and why it may not be that great an idea to consume milk (or other dairy products) on a regular basis.

  1. You don’t need milk, or large amounts of calcium, for bone integrity. In fact, the rate of fractures is highest in milk-drinking countries, and it turns out that the keys to bone strength are lifelong exercise and vitamin D, which you can get from sunshine.
  2. Giving up dairy led to the author's heartburn disappearing: "Although treating heartburn is a business worth more than $10 billion a year, the solution may be as simple as laying off dairy. (Which, need I point out, is free.) What’s clear is that the widespread existence of lactose intolerance, says Dr. Baker, is “a pretty good sign that we’ve evolved to drink human milk when we’re babies but have no need for the milk of any animals. And no matter what you call a chronic dairy problem — milk allergy, milk intolerance, lactose intolerance — the action is the same: avoid all foods derived from milk for at least five days and see what happens.”
  3. Most humans never tasted fresh milk from any source other than their mother for almost all of human history, and fresh cow’s milk could not be routinely available to urbanites without industrial production. 
  4. Sugar in the form of lactose contributes about 55 percent of skim milk’s calories, giving it ounce for ounce the same calorie load as soda.

Reference: http://opinionator.blogs.nytimes.com/2012/07/07/got-milk-you-dont-need-it/