Myth #1 - Milk builds strong bones.
American parents pass this myth on to their children, and misguided nutritionists reinforce it. Actually, milk and other dairy products weaken bones and accelerate osteoporosis. That's right, consumption of milk causes the very condition it's advertised to prevent. Dairy products with their high protein content, and non-absorbable mineral calcium fortification, promote calcium loss. Studies examining the incidence of osteoporosis have found that high consumption of dairy products is associated with high rates of osteoporosis. If you want strong bones don't drink milk.
Myth #2 - Milk is the ultimate health drink.
The notion that milk is healthy for you is, excuse me, "udder" nonsense. While eating fruits, vegetables and whole grains has been documented to lower the risk of heart attack, high blood pressure and cancer, the widely touted health benefits of dairy products are out right marketing lies! In fact, dairy products are clearly linked as a cause of osteoporosis, heart disease, obesity, cancer, allergies and diabetes. Dairy products are anything but "health" food.
Myth #3 - Children need milk.
Here are three reasons why kids and milk don't mix. First, milk is the leading cause of iron-deficiency anemia in infants, and, in fact, the American Academy of Pediatrics now discourages giving children milk before their first birthday. Second, it has been shown that milk consumption in childhood contributes to the development of type I diabetes. Third, milk allergies are very common in children and cause sinus problems, diarrhea, constipation, and fatigue. They are a leading cause of chronic ear infections that plague up to 40% of all children under the age of six. Milk allergies are also linked to behavior problems in children and to the disturbing rise in childhood asthma. Even Dr. Benjamin Spock changed his recommendations in his later years and discouraged giving children milk.
Myth #4 - Milk is pure and wholesome. The chemical giant Monsato Company, and the FDA have
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