Skip to comments.Food Police: Milk Is Unhealthy for Kids
Posted on 08/24/2004 3:48:46 PM PDT by Still Thinking
Washington, DC -- Attention parents and teachers! The food police have added whole and two-percent milk to the list of "poor nutritional quality" beverages in their crosshairs, recommending that they be removed from American's schools. This and other ridiculous assertions are contained in a report being circulated by the self-described "food police" at the Center for Science in the Public Interest (CSPI). The draft report, rumored to be released this month, bears the name of CSPI's activist coalition, the National Alliance for Nutrition and Activity (NANA). NANA is part of an anti-soda crusade which advocates taxing sodas and restricting their availability in order to eliminate fizzy drinks from the diets of both children and adults.
"Anyone who would suggest that milk is unhealthy for kids is out to lunch," said Richard Berman, executive director of the Center for Consumer Freedom. "CSPI once boasted that it was 'proud about finding something wrong with practically everything.' Now it's proven it."
The report concludes that school districts and local, state and federal governments should banish beverages and snacks that CSPI claims are contributing to the nation's obesity. But evidence linking childhood obesity to sodas and snacks is utterly lacking.
Suggesting a causal link between soda consumption and childhood obesity, the CSPI/NANA report relies solely on a flawed study by Harvard University researcher and "fat tax" advocate David Ludwig. Ludwig admitted in his own conclusion that, "there is no clear evidence that consumption of sugar per se ... causes obesity." The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention echoed Ludwig's conclusion: "There are no data from the Harvard study that allow us to make an estimate of what proportion of obesity might be accounted for by changes in soft drink consumption."
This is not the first time the anti-soda movement has relied on faulty science to make their case. In 1998 CSPI issued a report titled "Liquid Candy," which claimed that some teenagers get up to 25 percent of their calories from soda. Just one week later, following massive media attention, CSPI admitted that it had overstated this figure by a whopping 100 percent. In fact, American boys drink less than half the amount of soft drinks initially claimed by CSPI. While CSPI quietly made a correction (after the media fracas died down), it still heavily promotes its "Liquid Candy" report.
"NANA should rename itself NANNY," added Mr. Berman. "Nagging Americans with a finger-wagging 'no no' won't shrink anyone's waistline. This is just another attempt by CSPI's Puritans to restrict foods they don't like. And as usual, there's no science in the public interest to back them up."
Soda's are very acidic, whould you drink battery acid. Milk coats the intestinal walls with a thick gooo. Both are not good for you.
Milk also is loaded with are sorts of drugs and hormones, not good.
The coating reduces the bodies ability to absord nutrients
Casein is the culprit read Flo Jo's autopsy on www.notmilk.com
Milk has quite a bit of sugar in it.
IMO, there is ample evidence linking sugar and obeseity.
Hmmm - never saw that site before. My son is allergic to cow's milk, not lactose-intollerant, there's a difference. There's a strong link between cow's milk and eczema, from what I hear.
Oh please. I am a 64 year old woman & life time milk drinker. I have bones like the doctors can't believe.
Did my mama teach me not to drink soda much, yes. Do I think the gubmint has the moral right to give that advice binding force, HELL NO!
I was raised on carrot juice and my kids will be raised on carrot juice.
In the old days they let a cow or goat, have a calf and then humans partook of that milk. Plus the animal was allowed to graze. Now they confine the animal, and feed it very strange stuff, and as it gets diseased, they begin to pump it full of antibiotics. Then they figured out if you pump it full of hormones, it gives more milk. Now the animal is stressed and begins to manufacture white blood cells which is added to the volume of milk produced. So, better to let nature provide the milk.
Babies need more fat than the rest of us and can process the saturated fat of breast ( and other ) milk . From age three one really should strictly limit the intake of milk and meat products in order to prevent artherosclerosis . Many boys in our society have significant coronary artherosclerosis by the time they reach late adolescence .
Oh, geeze. Not this crap again.
So what is an/the alternative ... besides water?
What I want to know is...Where do they get the orange cows...that they get the orange cheese from?
If you don't drink milk or milk products, what do you do? eat oyster shells?
After reading these posts, PETA has definitely succeeded in their mass propaganda - or there sure are a hell of a lot of DU'ers here (Highly likely!)
Do they have a peanutbutter-free table in the cafeteria?