Is it possible that vegans had it right all along?
Despite the fact that raw, organic milk offers several health benefits; David Ludwig, a Harvard pediatrician and researcher claims that these kind of dairy products and conventional milk bring a great deal of damage to your health.
Here we are presenting the results of his research and also his alternatives and recommendations.
David Ludwig’s Research was published in the Journal of the American Medical Association Pediatrics. There we also can find numerous pieces of research ultimate the cruel effects of sugar-sweetened drinks.
Over-consumption of sugar is tied to diabetes, obesity, inflammatory-related pain, and much more.
Sugar has many negative effects on our health; even the American Academy of pediatrics, the United States Department of Agriculture and many other organizations are recommending not to consume calories that come from sugary drinks.
On the other hand they still heavily promote one calorie-containing beverage, and that is reduced-fat milk. The organization even recommends drinking 3 cups daily.
This is exactly the point where Ludwig demands the scientific justification for such recommendations.
Is this a bad Recommendation?
“This recommendation to drink three cups a day of milk – it’s perhaps the most prevailing advice given to the American public about diet in the last half century. As a result, Americans are consuming billions of gallons of milk a year, presumably under the assumption that their bones would crumble without them,” says David Ludwig.
Ludwig in his statement gave his opinion saying that; if the USDA is recommending the drinking of reduced-fat milk, it is also carelessly encouraging the intake of added sugars; this is a piece of advice that it’s against all the research that are saying not to consume sugar and sugar-sweetened drinks.
The indication of consuming low-fat milk or chocolate milk calls off out the whole reasoning for the recommendation in the first place; since the fats are basically being replaced with dangerous sugars.
“The worst possible situation is reduced-fat chocolate milk: you take out the fat, it’s less tasty. So to get kids to drink 3 cups a day, you get this sugar-sweetened beverage,” says Ludwig. ”…we can get plenty of calcium from a whole range of foods. On a gram for gram basis, cooked kale has more calcium than milk. Sardines, nuts seeds beans, green leafy vegetables are all sources of calcium.”
The Case against Low-Fat Dairy, and Other Dangers of Milk
Harvard researcher David Ludwig surely has a point in analyzing and criticizing the USDA’s recommendations. However, there is much more to the full-fat vs reduced-fat disagreement for milk and dairy products.
Until now there are many reasons why we should avoid certain fats like trans-fats and refined polyunsaturated fats in vegetable oils (soy, corn, canola and sunflower); but the proof for moderate consumption of saturated fat, found in coconut oil, milk and grass-fed land animals, is approaching to the surface.
Although saturated fat was villainized for decades, a 2010 analysis that was published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition determined that; “there is no significant evidence for concluding that dietary saturated fat is associated with an increased risk of (coronary heart disease or cardiovascular disease).”
In addition, there are many benefits of consuming full-fat dairy products. In its maximum pure state (organic, raw and coming from grass-fed cows); full-fat dairy is found to potentially promote heart health, controls diabetes, helps in vitamin absorption, lowers cancer risk, and even helps in weight loss. Despite the fact that pure dairy can promote your health conventional dairy can also prove damaging.
Before you decide to consume more of conventional dairy, please educate yourself as to what’s in your dairy. You might be very surprised that there may be at least 20 or more antibiotics, painkillers, and more creep around in your milk.