Skip to comments.The Milk Wars: Should Milk Be Taken Off the School-Lunch Menu?
Posted on 07/24/2012 6:40:50 AM PDT by Tolerance Sucks Rocks
(Updated) The war on milk has shifted fronts. First it was sugar-laden chocolate milk, which parents and school administrators battled in recent years to remove from school-lunch menus. Now, its plain old moo thats under fire.
On Thursday, a national doctors group petitioned the U.S. government to remove milk as a required food group from the National School Lunch Program, the federally assisted program that has provided lunch to millions of public school kids since 1946. The doctors reasoning: milk doesnt help protect kids bones.
The promotion of milk to help build strong bones in kids is, in effect, the promotion of an ineffective placebo, writes the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine (PCRM) in its petition [PDF]. Milk is high in sugar, high in fat and high in animal protein all of which counters its purported benefits to bone health, the committee argues.
The PCRM notes that dairy products, including milk, are the No. 1 source of saturated fat in Americans diets. Drinking milk for the calcium it contains is therefore a losing strategy, especially since people can get their daily recommended calcium from other, more nutritious foods. And for millions of Americans who are allergic to milk including 1.3 million children or intolerant to the lactose it contains, drinking milk carries potentially severe health risks.
One of the only reasons people talk about dairy, or promote it at all, is because it is going to help build strong bones, says Dr. Neal Barnard, president of the PCRM. Research has now made it abundantly clear that milk doesnt build strong bones. Whether we are talking about children who are forming bones or older people who are trying to keep their bone integrity, milk doesnt have a beneficial effect on either one.
(Excerpt) Read more at healthland.time.com ...
Nanny State PING!
Give ‘em beer!
How stupid can these folks be!!!!
All these folks that are living to 90 drank MILK....right from the cow.
My mom said they used milk on everything....dough balls and milk, potato soup, etc etc.
How much of this has to go on before an absolute majority of parents say, “Enough with committing my children’s lives to these nutcases!!!”?
The Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine (PCRM) is a non-profit organization based in Washington, D.C., which promotes a vegan diet, preventive medicine, alternatives to animal research, and encourages what it describes as “higher standards of ethics and effectiveness in research.” Its primary activities include outreach and education about nutrition and compassionate choices to healthcare professionals and the public; ending the use of animals in medical school curricula; and advocating for legislative changes on the local and national levels.
I understand that part of this is driven by demographics. Most blacks and about half of Hispanics can’t drink cow’s milk past infancy. And there are Caucasians who are allergic to cow’s milk.
But the solution is to add soy milk or almond milk or coconut milk to the milk offerings at school, not ban cow’s milk for all kids.
The article is marked as coming from TIME.
That is enough to simply hit the “next” button.
First thing is always to check out the source.
“The Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine (PCRM) is a wolf in sheeps clothing. PCRM is a fanatical animal rights group that seeks to remove eggs, milk, meat, and seafood from the American diet, and to eliminate the use of animals in scientific research. Despite its operational and financial ties to other animal activist groups and its close relationship with violent zealots, PCRM has successfully duped the media and much of the general public into believing that its pronouncements about the superiority of vegetarian-only diets represent the opinion of the medical community.
Less than 5 percent of PCRMs members are physicians, Newsweek wrote in February 2004.
......But Barnard was trained as a psychiatrist, not a nutritionist. His nutritional advice boils down to one basic message: dont eat meat, or anything that comes from animals. PCRM has complained to the Federal Trade Commission about advertisements that depict milk as part of a healthy diet. It petitioned the government to slap meat and poultry with a biohazard label, adding in its newsletter that eggs should carry these dire warnings as well.
>>I understand that part of this is driven by demographics.
Not in this case. These people don’t give a fig about that. They are opposed to eating ‘animal protein’ (their definition) by anyone, anytime.
See comments #6 an #9
Any of my fellow aging baby boomers remember when milk was “nature’s most perfect food?”
It’s difficult for the large food product producers to control and profit from the sale of milk in schools.
Corporations like Cargil and ADM would much rather see a grain based product like soy. (Not to mention Monsanto’s involvement with GMO’s)
From a health point of view, soy greatly effects estrogen levels in both boys and girls.
Just another in a long list of reasons to get your kids out of public indoctrination centers.
Thanks for checking. I figured as much. It's so easy to tell anymore when science is created to hide an agenda.
If breathing oxygen doesn't get you first.
Obviously banning both is the only way to protect humanity...
Milk Ingredient Does a Waistline Good
“A natural ingredient found in milk can protect against obesity ...”
Oxygen is poison. Stop breathing right away.
I’m betting most dairy farmers don’t drink Kool Aid.
>The doctors reasoning: milk doesnt help protect kids bones.
You need 3 thing to make bones: calcium, phosphorus and vitamin D.
If you slather your kid down with sunblock, you are reducing his (or her) ability to make vitamin D.