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Harvard Health Blog
Dairy: Health food or health risk?
- By: Matthew Solan,
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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.
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?
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!”
” 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!
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.
what about cottage cheese and mozzarella? are these healthy options of dairy food?
Not easy being a parent these days! So many conflicting studies on foods!
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.
given what you have just said about dairy, I am cancelling my subscription. You obviously have much to learn.
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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