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Why Everything You've Been Told About Milk Is A Lie

You may have grown up thinking that dairy is a vital part of your diet. Sadly, most of the health "facts" we've heard about milk are completely false. It turns out, you don't need to drink milk to have healthy bones, nor is it the best source of calcium. Let's dive into some of these myths.

Debunking The Myths

You were probably taught that cow's milk is essential for bone health. This was supposedly due to their high calcium content. But it turns out that milk does not lead to stronger bones, nor is it the only source of calcium out there.

After conducting a thorough analysis of several studies, scientists at the University of Auckland found no link between strong bones and consuming dairy or calcium. In fact,  Vitamin D and consistent exercise are more effective at preventing fractures. Furthermore, many non-dairy products are rich in calcium. Servings of spinach, tofu, and sardines all contain more calcium than a glass of milk.

Confused? The following video helps to explain why these common misconceptions continue to persist.

What now?

If you can't live without milk, you can still consume it — but you probably shouldn't stick to the 3 cups daily reccommendation by the USDA. There are also many non-dairy alternatives to cow's milk that are just, if not more, delicious. Why not give almond, soy, or coconut milk a try?

 

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