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Dairy: Health food or health risk?

January 25, 2019

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Matthew Solan, Executive Editor, Harvard Men's Health Watch

Matthew Solan is the executive editor of Harvard Men’s Health Watch. He previously served as executive editor for UCLA Health’s Healthy Years and as a contributor to Duke Medicine’s Health News and Weill Cornell Medical College’s … See Full Bio
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February 5, 2019

After reading the Article on dairy, which stated that it is a good source of protein, I began to wonder if the article was complete. I learned that
dairy products create an acidic environment in your digestive system. To counteract and neutralize this environment, calcium is leached from your bones. Thus, dairy is not a good source of calcium, rather it actually robs your body of calcium.

February 23, 2019

Can you please tell us where you learnt this?

The article is reporting (not saying they are right or wrong, just reporting) on findings presented at medical science conferences.

It provides details of the conferences and the studies; e.g. the British Journal or Nutrition, or a review of 20 studies involving 25,000 people.

Since people have been advised to consume dairy products as a source of calcium, can you please provide citations for peer-reviewed scientific studies that show that dairy creates an acidic environment, and that calcium is leached from the bones?

February 5, 2019

So it’s ok to stick to the normal amount of milk that we all have in our tea, coffee, yoghurt. But limit it in the form of cheese,butter. Moderation is the key. All said, “Dairy is good for health!”

Marco Bellacci
February 5, 2019

” but be aware that they have lower amounts of protein”

Well… Last time I looked it up soy milk contained even more protein than cow milk!

February 5, 2019

You have discussed herein about heart health only. What about Kidneys ? What’s the impact of regular dairy consumption on kidneys ? A detailed discussion on this topic is necessary owing to the huge no. of people concerned about kidney health.

February 4, 2019

what about cottage cheese and mozzarella? are these healthy options of dairy food?

February 4, 2019

Not easy being a parent these days! So many conflicting studies on foods!

February 4, 2019

Dairy is one of the most inflammatory food groups. The only way it provides any health benefits if it’s raw or fermented. Functional Medicine tip.

February 4, 2019

given what you have just said about dairy, I am cancelling my subscription. You obviously have much to learn.

Helen Thomas
January 25, 2019

1200 mg of calcium a day for over 70 -year-olds sounds like a lot. One cup of milk a day only provides a quarter of that amount. Apart from yoghurt, Malik recommends “a well-balanced diet that includes plenty of green leafy vegetables and nuts”. How much calcium do you get from that diet, and what are the sources?

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