Monday, November 3, 2014

RIP Milk — Another Healthy Staple Bites the Dust

Perusing through ye olde Google News feed this weekend I came upon an interesting story that threatens yet another long-held belief.

Milk, my good friends, might not be the ever-so-healthy drink mother nature and the dairy council would have us believe. 

According to a study conducted in Sweden and reported in the Washington Post last week, that venerable beverage we felt we could rely upon for gleaming smiles and healthy bones is nothing more than a homogenized, pasteurized fraud. 

That's right, you see it seems that one of the biggest stated benefits of drinking milk — building strong bones — may not be true.

Expect these guys to fight back hard. After
all, they've never been known to turn the
utter cheek. (Enjoy that!)
In fact, this study found that folks who drink milk are more likely to break bones. The study went on to link milk consumption with increased cardiovascular risks and death.

From the Washington Post:

"(The) study from researchers in Uppsala University in Sweden suggests that consuming more milk could actually be associated with higher mortality and bone fractures in women and higher mortality in men.

'I've looked at fractures during the last 25 years. I've been puzzled by the question because there has again and again been a tendency of a higher risk of fracture with a higher intake of milk,' said the study's lead author Karl Michaelsson, a professor at Uppsala University."

Specifically, the study found that men and women who consumed more than three glasses a day had higher risks of fracture and cardiovascular death, as compared to folks who drank just one glass per day. 

So, what the hell? What's left for us?

Water? Nope. We all saw 'Erin Brokovich' so we're screwed there.

Fruit? Pesticides.
Another example of GMOs. Glow-in-the-dark bunnies.
Yes, scientists did this. 

Meat? Hormones and antibiotics. 

How about good old fashioned white bread like mom and dad used to buy? (Insert laughter here.) Look at the list of ingredients and you'll see that's too many words to be healthy for you. 

And what about all the foods we eat that contain genetically modified organisms (AKA GMOs)? 

There's plenty of reason to be suspicious given that the entire continent of Europe says "No," to them. 

Also, the biggest GMO cheerleader on this continent is Monsanto, who continues to fight all efforts to include GMO labeling on foods. (If the presence of GMOs is no big deal, then why is Monsanto spending $45 million this election cycle fighting proposed labeling legislation?)

You can start to eat all organic but aside from the exorbitant prices there are legitimate questions about the varying standards that constitute what organic actually is. As a consequence, what you're buying might not be what you think you're buying. 

It's all enough to make you want to drink a beer. Until further notice, that remains one purchase I can make wherein I am well aware of the risks of consumption. 

No comments: