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March 10, 2005

Need milk? Study says no

A new medical review suggests there is little evidence that current calcium recommendations help protect bones in children. Instead, experts recommend both exercise and calcium-rich foods.

Children who drink more milk do not necessarily develop healthier bones, researchers said Monday in a report that stresses exercise and modest consumption of calcium-rich foods such as tofu.

Other ways to obtain the absorbable calcium found in one cup of cow’s milk include a cup of fortified orange juice, a cup of cooked kale or turnip greens, two packages of instant oats, two-thirds cup of tofu, or 1-2/3 cups of broccoli, the report said.

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Soya milk is also very good for calcium intake and is also lower in cholesterol than cow's milk.

Posted by: Arian | Mar 12, 2005 2:57:33 AM

oh... huh... I thought that its only the children who need milk for calcium content. Now its not so? I buy that argument, as I've never been in favour of milk.
Many physicians have told me that it is milk that stimulates common cold in many cases. At least the hype on milk is getting offloaded...
But I dont think people will ccpet this immediately. May take time.

Posted by: Bob | Mar 11, 2005 6:35:36 AM

Only humans continue to nurse on milk beyond childhood, no other life form is known to do that. Wonder what people drank before the days of dairy?

Posted by: Manish | Mar 10, 2005 1:47:39 PM

I must be really old and cynical... I keep wonering who put this out and what is in it for them. Cow's milk is perfectly good for you and is enriched with vitamin D. True, many other foods offer calcium, some more than milk; but milk offers protein and other goodies too. Yes, eat broccoli... in fact eat lots of fruits and vegetables, green leafy ones and dark red one; eat walnuts and oily fish... sound familiar? The only problems I can see with milk for kids is -- 1: if they are lactose-intolerant and 2: whole milk has a lot of animal fat. But these are problems only if they are problems, if you get my drift. For example, in an autobiography of Agatha Christie she mentioned her favorite beverage as a child was --- cream! she drank lots and lots of it, and was skinny and healthy (and lived a long productive life).

Posted by: judith | Mar 10, 2005 10:41:43 AM

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