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The Cons of Milk

Updated on September 1, 2014
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The Truth Behind Milk

Everyday millions if not billions of people consume milk. There are many interesting things about milk though that you might want to know. There are many odd facts about Milk that could lead a conspirator to come up with an interesting idea. Most of these facts are common knowledge but when you actually think about them the thought of drinking milk again may cross your mind.

6 Reasons Why Milk is Bad For You

1) Humans are the only animals in the world that drink another animals milk
2) At one one point everyone in the world was allergic to milk. (Lactose intolerance)
3) Milk is meant for a baby cow
4) Milk is the only drink the government completely controls
5) Milk is the only drink that is taxed
6) Celebrities endorse milk, but why not endorse water or veggies?

The list can keep going and if your not putting things together yet, let me help you understand what these facts may mean.

The Explanation

Why is that there are so many weird things about milk that make you question if it is food or not. It almost sounds like it is gasoline or tobacco, milk is taxed by the government, regulated by the government, only used by humans, and there is an urge to advertise it with highly admired celebrities.

I am the type of person who likes to look into things heavily and a lot of things I say are usually not agreed with but the reason I think milk is consumed so much is because it gives the government a cheap manufacturing drink that can be heavily taxed.Milk is produced by cows obviously so there is technically no production cost to milk (at least when milk was first produced). Since there is no production cost milk can be heavily taxed and then sold at an even higher price to try and help out failing farms all around the country. Farms are controlled by the government by using tax incentives, tax breaks, and regulations. No the government does not directly have control over milk, but they do control how much should be made, how much milk is charged for, and they give out tax breaks if a farm produces a certain amount of milk per year. Its seems like the government is obsessing over milk a little too much, but the reason behind it all is money. The more milk that is produced the more money from taxes are handed to the government. Politicians are greedy, and all they want is more money.

Web Md's Thoughts about Milk

"For reliable dietary advice, most nutritionists agree, look to the food pyramid. But when it comes to advice about milk and dairy, the question is: Which pyramid?

The official food pyramid comes from the U.S. Department of Agriculture. It incorporates the recommendations of top ranking nutrition scientists from around the country. But other groups, disagreeing with some aspects of the USDA’s recommendations, have constructed alternative pyramids. One of the most influential is the food pyramid created by researchers at the Harvard School of Public Health. And one of the big differences between its advice and the USDA’s relates to milk and dairy products.

In 2005, the USDA’s dietary guidelines increased the recommended servings of milk from two to three cups a day. The latest guidelines, released in 2010, repeat that advice. They specifically urge Americans to get more fat-free or low-fat milk and related dairy products.

According to Harvard’s food pyramid, on the other hand, milk isn’t an essential part of a healthy diet -- and may pose risks."

Web Md's Cons on Milk

The Case Against Milk and Dairy

"Not everyone thinks that was a good idea. Indeed, experts at the Harvard School of Public Health have labeled the milk recommendations a “step in the wrong direction.” One the most prominent critics is Walter Willett, MD, PhD, professor of epidemiology and head of the nutrition department at the Harvard School of Public Health.

“One of the main arguments for USDA recommendations is that drinking milk or equivalent dairy products will reduce the risk of fractures. But in fact there’s very little evidence that milk consumption is associated with reduced fractures,” Willett tells WebMD.

Indeed, countries in which almost no milk is consumed, such as many Asian countries, have low rates of fractures, he points out.

It’s true, he acknowledged, that milk is a good source of potassium. But the levels used for the USDA recommendations are much higher than they need to be to prevent hypertension, according to Willett. “We’re much better off advising people to consume less salt,” he says.

As beverages go, milk is relatively high in calories. One cup of 2% milk has 138 calories, for instance. Drinking three cups a day adds 366 calories to the diet -- a lot for anyone watching their weight.

But Willett’s chief worry is that drinking too much milk may pose dangers. “By now there’s quite a body of data showing a higher risk of fatal prostate cancer associated with milk,” he tells WebMD. “And though the evidence is somewhat mixed, we’ve still seen a slightly higher risk of ovarian cancer associated with drinking three or more servings of milk.”

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