Do You REALLY Need Milk?

My friend Chris over at Stitches n’ Dishes shared a great info graphic he found and I though I should share it with all of you as well. Giving up milk is not easy, but I did that about 6 months ago and it has changed my life. Since I started eating paleo  I have lost about 30 pounds and I eat a richer fuller diet than I ever thought possible. I eat more fresh fruit and veggies than before and I eat a lot of fabulous things like crab legs, shrimp, steak, etc… My initial concern was that my kids need milk, but the logic in The Paleo Solution gave me the confidence I needed to give it a go. My other concern was the cost, and I discovered my grocery bill dropped about 10-15% when I stopped buying processed foods and focused my shopping on quality meat and produce. So… have a look at the info-graphic and let me know what you think. Paleo eating may not be for everyone, but it does accommodate vegetarian and vegan lifestyles and it would be hard to argue against fresh food over processed.

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So I’m curious where do you stand on the issue of milk? DO you consider it an essential part of your diet, a luxury, or have you given it up? If you gave it up how do you feel?

7 Responses to Do You REALLY Need Milk?
  1. Sinnary Sam
    January 25, 2013 | 6:57 pm

    Wow, I am going to replace every glass of milk I would drink with french fries from now on! LOL. Great infographic. We need to drink more water, that’s really what our bodies need.
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  2. Nikki
    January 25, 2013 | 8:13 pm

    I am personally not a milk drinker. I like my cheese though, but not something I have daily. Thanks for the info, the rest of my family loves milk, what do you suggest as an alternative?

    • Brad
      January 25, 2013 | 8:47 pm

      I use almond or coconut milk for most things. There are some great cheeses made with rice milk, and butter I just use clarified butter or coconut oil.

  3. Tammy
    January 26, 2013 | 8:32 pm

    This was great. I don’t need milk and now need to convince my body that it doesn’t need cheese either.
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  4. Charles
    February 1, 2013 | 3:20 am

    Health be damned! Dry cereal is gross! I’m all for that replacing a glass of milk with french fries idea, though.
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    • Brad
      February 1, 2013 | 10:54 am

      I generally eat my cereal with vanilla almond milk. :)

  5. Karen Marie Shelton
    March 13, 2013 | 6:57 pm

    Many of the reasons you showcased above are part of milk’s fall from grace including the issues with lactose intolerance, the doping of the cows who produce the milk with steroids and even the chemicals in the food they eat such as genetically engineered corn or similar.

    Milk, which used to beloved by so many people has fallen on hard times.

    Milk is part of a recent FDA1 petition filed by The International Dairy Foods Association (IDFA) and the National Milk Producers Federation (NMPF) requesting that the FDA1 agency “amend the standard of identity” for milk and 17 other related dairy products.

    Why was the petition filed? To provide for the use of any so-called safe and suitable sweetener as an optional ingredient — including non-nutritive sweeteners such as aspartame” to deceive the average milk drinker by not having to indicate its use on the label.

    In essence, as if milk isn’t doped enough now the milk industry wants to make milk taste more user friendly and delicious by adding sweeteners on the down low without including the info on the labels.

    Unbelievably,the consumption of a wide range of artificial sweeteners which may be added to milk for taste benefits have been proven to cause a wide range of long term health problems.

    What are the sweeteners the milk industry wants to slip into those creamy white bottles of milk?

    Aspartame, sucralose, or any other related dangerous artificial sweetener.

    If the milk industry gets their way, no consumer will ever be quite sure what poisons have been added to their milk to make it taste better since there would be no mention of it — not by listing the artificial sweetener used, nor with a no- or low-calorie type label, which is a tip-off that the product might contain a non-nutritive sweetener.

    The IDFA and NMPF claim the proposed amendments would “promote more healthful eating practices and reduce childhood obesity by providing for lower-calorie flavored milk products” since many children are more inclined to drink flavored milk products than unflavored milk.

    According to the Federal Register: “[T]he proposed amendments would assist in meeting several initiatives aimed at improving the nutrition and health profile of food served in the nation’s schools. Those initiatives include state-level programs designed to limit the quantity of sugar served to children during the school day.”

    As if that’s not crazy enough, the IDFA and NMPF argue that the proposed amendments would “promote honesty and fair dealing in the marketplace.” Say what???

    How could altering the definition of “milk” to include unidentified artificial sweeteners possibly promote honesty or fair dealing in the marketplace, you might ask?

    According to the IDFA and NMPF, nutrient content claims such as “reduced calorie” are not attractive to children and have led to an overall decline in milk consumption in schools.

    Essentially, as with the GMO labeling issue, the IDFA and NMPF don’t want consumers or their children to be “confused” or perhaps “scared away” by truthful labeling…

    The IDFA and NMPF actually maintain that “consumers can more easily identify the overall nutritional value of milk products that are flavored with non-nutritive sweeteners if the labels do not include such claims.”

    They also state consumers generally don’t recognize milk — including flavored milk — as necessarily containing sugar.

    Since consumers don’t realize flavored milk might contain added sugar, sweetening the product with non-nutritive artificial sweeteners, while listing it as simply “milk” on the label, will make it easier for consumers to identify its overall nutritional value.

    Ironically the FDA already allows the dairy industry to use the unmodified “milk” label for products which contain added sugar or high fructose corn syrup.

    Artificial sweeteners are allowed to be added, but must currently be listed on the label. Quoting Section 130.10 of the Nutrition Labeling and Education Act of 1990, the IDFA and NMPF claim no extra labeling is required for artificial sweeteners because sugar is added to milk without labeling it, and “the modified food is not inferior in performance,” and “reduced calories are not attractive to children.”

    Therefore marketing products as such is neither of benefit or detriment to anyone… Knowing that nutritive sweeteners like high fructose corn syrup can be added without being listed as an ingredient, is it any wonder people generally “don’t recognize” these products contain added sugar?

    Going along with their twisted reasoning, since they don’t have to tell you there’s HFCS in that flavored milk or yogurt — which leaves you ignorant of the fact that it’s there — it might “confuse” you were they to tell you another version contains an artificial sweetener. It also puts those products at a market disadvantage, since the HFCS-containing products don’t have to list it — the HFCS is simply hidden as part of the “milk” designation.

    The government’s reasoning? Hiding ALL added sweeteners from the consumer would “promote honesty” and “fair dealing in the market.”

    Not only is this a perfect example of how you may be consuming hidden fructose in your diet, even if you are an avid label reader… it’s also a valuable lesson in just how little you’re allowed to know about the foods you buy, eat and feed to your family.

    The petition also requests the FDA similarly amend the standards of identity for 17 other milk and cream products, to allow the use of any safe and suitable sweetener in the optional ingredients, without specifying the type of sweetener used on the label:

    1. Acidified milk
    2. Cultured milk
    3. Sweetened condensed milk,
    4. Nonfat dairy milk,
    5. Nonfat dry milk fortified w/A&D,
    6. Evaporated milk
    7. Dry cream
    8. Heavy cream
    9. Light cream
    10. Sour cream
    11. Acidified sour cream
    12. Light whipping cream
    13. Eggnog
    14. Half-and-half
    15. Yogurt
    16. Lowfat yogurt
    17. Nonfat yogurt

    In essence, all of this has little to do with making your purchasing decisions easier, and more to do with fooling your kids into drinking otherwise unpopular fat free or low fat milk.

    Bottom line,if you see milk, be very afraid. And yes, eat your cereal dry and drink your tea and coffee black. What is this world coming to?

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