Milk, It Does a Body…Bad?

Recently, upon entering the Union Station Metro station here in Washington, I noticed a rather surprising ad campaign. In an effort to make school lunches healthier, the ad said: “Let’s move milk out of school lunch.”


So, everything I’ve been told since before I can even remember is wrong? The mustachioed “Got Milk” ads, the Sally Fields osteoporosis ads, the food pyramid? Even Michelle Obama’s “My Plate” and “Let’s Move” initiatives?

The sign itself looked like it was from Michelle Obama’s “Let’s Move” initiative, because, well, it said “Let’s Move” on it. But in reality, the word “really” was written above the phrase, and going to the website listed revealed that it was an independent campaign, called “Let’s Really Move,” because, apparently, Mrs. Obama’s in-your-face initiative is actually a big fat failure.

The Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine (PCRM) claims that recent studies dispute every single other study ever conducted which say milk is good for you. They say that milk does not:

  • Promote bone health
  • Prevent osteoporosis
  • Make you stronger

I want to believe them, I mean, the group is made up of about 20 doctors, but it’s just difficult to stomach the notion that everything I’ve ever been told about milk is wrong. Maybe milk is a bit high in fat, cholesterol, and sugar, but is it really the worst thing out there? We’ve been told that juice is unhealthy and we shouldn’t drink it, then what – besides water – can we drink that is healthy? Are we not supposed to have any flavors in our liquids?

Trying to keep track of what is and isn’t healthy is becoming nearly impossible these days. Next thing you know, vegetables will be bad for you.

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