Wednesday, August 1, 2012

Got Milk?

Raise your hand if you have seen these ads before.

David Beckham drinks milk and forgets to wipe off his upper lip.

Danica Patrick drinks milk and leaves it on her face.
Taylor Swift equally drinks milk and flaunts the residue.

Ok, put your hands down.

So if you have read the ads, like I did, what we can assume is:
  • David Beckham does NOT work out, he simply drinks milk.
  • NASCAR drivers work out (did you know this, because I didn't.)
  • In the music industry apparently the most important decision to make is whether or not to drink milk, because this is how Taylor Swift got famous, skinny, and muscular all at the same time.

Does this make sense to you?

Milk has been for quite a long time our staple source of calcium.
The United States is habitually grazing the top of the list in milk production, consumption, and exporting.

If milk builds strong bones, than shouldn't we have some of the strongest bones in the world? After all, we are at the top of the list in milk consumption.

This idea has made many scientists from some of the top universities (Harvard Medical, Cornell, Stanford, Yale, Tufts...etc) question milk as our source of calcium and decide to do some more research.

Their findings, 
there is no significant research to prove that milk consumption strengthens bones and a growing body of research that shows milk does the opposite.

*These are not my opinions, nor the opinions of the Doctors that performed the studies. This is objective data.

Lactose intolerance: diagnosis, genetic, and clinical factors 

Think about it.
If we drink the most milk, we should have the strongest bones (because that is what milk is supposed to do), but we have some of the weakest bones in world. There is a flaw in this logic.

When you walk into your local pharmacy go check out the supplement and vitamin sections. Count how many calcium supplements are there for you to purchase over the counter.

Pill Man

Why are there so many of these supplements here?

Do your own research, figure this one out, but in the meantime I have some vital advice.

Get your calcium from the food you eat.

This is a list of the some of the top calcium enriched foods to eat 
(that don't cause osteoporosis):

So the next time you see a "Got Milk" advertisement channel your inner Anchor Man Ron Burgundy...

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