Don’t Be Fooled By These Milk Myths

By Diane Ruyack

It may be April Fool’s Day but don’t be fooled by these milk myths.  Athletes at times complain of cottonmouth, dryness and discomfort in the mouth and attribute it to milk.  Drinking milk does not cause this but it is due to fluid loss and emotional stress.  The optimal diet for the physically active person must supply the body with adequate water, calories, protein, fat, vitamins and minerals.  Milk and other dairy foods are very important part of a high quality sports diet.

Another myth is diet and acne.  Most dermatologists believer that diet has little effect on acne.  What does effect it is genetic susceptibility, skin type, hormone activity, and can be aggravated by heat, friction and stress.

Some consumers believe there are perceived benefits or organic dairy foods.  According to a statement from the American Dietetic Association (5), “both organic and conventional farming supply nutritionally comparable foods.” The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) makes no claims that organically produced food is safer or more nutritious than conventionally produced food (6).

Although some people believe that raw (unpasteurized) milk, either conventionally or organically produced, is a healthy alternative to pasteurized milk, consuming raw milk and raw milk products can be harmful to health. In a recent report, the FDA and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reminded consumers that raw milk may contain a wide variety of harmful bacteria, including Salmonella, E. coli 0157:H7, Listeria, Campylocacter, and Brucella that may cause illness and possibly death.

Raw milk-related illnesses can be especially severe for pregnant women, the elderly, infants, young children, and people with weakened immune systems.  It is also illegal to sell raw milk in Indiana and many other states.

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