Check Milk Substitute Labels

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People who are unable to or don’t want to drink cow’s milk have alternatives, such as milks made from grains, nuts, and soy.

milkMilk substitutes are among the hot trends on grocery store shelves right now. But finding a substitute with nutritional benefits similar to cow’s milk is tricky, reports the April 2015 Harvard Health Letter.

Why drink a milk substitute? Some people want to drink milk, but just not dairy milk. Others have trouble digesting a natural sugar in dairy milk called lactose. It can cause gastrointestinal distress. “They may be lactose intolerant, or just lactose sensitive,” says Linda Antinoro, a registered dietitian with Harvard-affiliated Brigham and Women’s Hospital.

A good alternative for those who have pain, bloating, or other lactose-related symptoms is lactose-free milk. This is dairy milk that has an enzyme called lactase added to it. Lactase helps break down lactose into more easily digested sugars. But it’s still important to buy low-fat lactose-free milk. Full-fat milk, with or without lactose, is rich in saturated fats, which increase LDL, or “bad,” cholesterol.

Plant-based milk substitutes are another option. These “milks” are actually the fluids strained from a mixture of water and a ground ingredient, such as soybeans, nuts (almonds, walnuts, or hazelnuts), grains (rice, oats, quinoa), or seeds (hemp, pumpkin). But check the nutrition label carefully. Nut, grain, and seed milks don’t have as much calcium or protein as dairy milk. Grain milks are high in carbohydrates. And soy milk, while similar in calcium and protein content to dairy milk, has sugars that may cause gastrointestinal distress. Something else to be wary of: milk substitutes with flavors such as vanilla or chocolate, are usually loaded with added sugars.

Read the full-length article: “In search of a milk alternative”

Also in the April 2015 issue of the Harvard Health Letter:

* New thinking about beta blockers for high blood pressure

* Strategies to help put off knee surgery

* The latest gadgets to stay on a medication routine

The Harvard Health Letter is available from Harvard Health Publications, the publishing division of Harvard Medical School, for $20 per year. Subscribe at or by calling 877-649-9457 (toll-free).

Skim Milk Not The Answer To Childhood Obesity

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milkFrom Your Health Journal…..”A very good article from The Australian entitled Skim milk not the answer to childhood obesity, study finds. Through the years, we have mentioned how most kids under age 2 should have whole milk, then after age 2, switch over to skim or low fat milk. Now, research is suggesting that giving your toddler skimmed or semi-skimmed milk is unlikely to make inroads against the risk of obesity. In the study, they found kids who drank full-fat milk, which has a 3.5-percent fat component, or reduced-fat milk, which has two-percent fat, also tended to weigh less than counterparts who drank skimmed or semi-skimmed. This study is very interesting, but way too complex to start re-writing all the data found, so I suggest you all visit The Australian web site to read the complete article. It is well written and very informative.”

From the article…..

Giving your toddler skimmed or semi-skimmed milk is unlikely to make inroads against the risk of obesity, a large study conducted among American children has found.

Researchers trawled through data from a long-term probe into the health of 10,700 children born in 2001.

Parents or caregivers were asked about milk consumption when the infant was two and were questioned again two years later, when the child was again weighed and measured.

Overweight or obesity was widespread: 30.1 percent of the children at two years fell into this category, rising to 32.2 percent at the age of four.

But children who were overweight or obese were likelier to drink skimmed milk or semi-skimmed milk, which has one-percent butterfat, than counterparts of normal weight, the probe found.

Low-fat or fat-free milk was consumed by 14 percent of heavy two-year-olds and 16 percent of heavy four-year-olds.

This compared with nine percent of normal-weight two-year-olds and 13 percent of normal-weight four-year-olds.

Kids who drank full-fat milk, which has a 3.5-percent fat component, or reduced-fat milk, which has two-percent fat, also tended to weigh less than counterparts who drank skimmed or semi-skimmed.

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Got Diet Chocolate Milk?

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kidsarmsupFrom Your Health Journal…..An interesting article in MSN today about chocolate milk and kids by Aimee Picchi. Milk sales appear to be dipping, and the milk industry would like to get approved a low calorie chocolate drink. The popularity of sports drinks and bottled water is replacing milk in school lunches and meals. So, the dairy industry is asking the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to approve the use of low-calorie sweeteners — including aspartame — in milk products. The response from parents will be interesting, as many are concerned with the amount of calories in the children’s flavored milk, but now, many parents will be concerned over chemicals / sweeteners that now may appear in the product. Please visit the MSN web site (link provided below) to read the complete article.”

From the article…..

With milk sales going down the drain, the dairy industry wants the U.S. to approve low-calorie sweeteners for the kid-targeted drinks.

The milk industry is dealing with a crisis, with sales evaporating to their lowest level since 1984. Sports drinks and bottled water are taking the place of dairy as consumers worry about calories and some schools cut back on serving chocolate milk to kids.

But now, the dairy industry is asking the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to approve the use of low-calorie sweeteners — including aspartame — in milk products. So, the agency last week asked for comments and data about the issue.

The reason? Allowing low-calorie sweeteners in milk would “particularly benefit school children” who tend to drink chocolate and strawberry milk at school, according to the petition from the National Milk Producers Federation and the International Dairy Foods Association.

Chocolate milk sold by companies such as Nestle (NSRGY -0.33%) is already available in options like Nesquik’s “no sugar added” flavored drinks, but the dairy industry is arguing that labeling terms such as “reduced calorie” don’t appeal to kids.

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Sugar Ban?

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sodabottleFrom Your Health Journal…..”An interesting story by Felicity Duncan for a web site I like called Money Web about sugar bans. This blog has discussed many times how a great start to lose weight is to watch liquid consumption. For many, 25-40% of an individuals diet is directly from liquid. Soda, juice, and flavored milks taste great, but add many unnecessary calories. Nothing wrong with drinking them once in a while if you like it, but moderation is the key. In big cities in the United States, local governments are trying to ban, restrict or limit ‘sugar’ filled soft drinks. The rationale behind these restrictions is that the average 500ml soft drink contains more than the recommended daily allowance of sugar – the American Heart Association recommends that women consume no more than 6 teaspoons of sugar a day (about 20g), and men no more than 9 (about 36g), but the average can of cool drink contains over 10 teaspoons of sugar (about 40g). Since Americans routinely “super-size” their drink orders because it’s cheap (usually the cost per millilitre is lower the bigger your drink is), advocates of the ban argue that, by keeping sodas small, it will reduce the amount of empty calories New Yorkers consume in liquid form. Please visit the Money Web site (link provided below) to read the complete article. I found it to be well written and informative. I will visit this site often, as they seem to have some great health stories.”

From the article…..

Moves to cut the sugar in soft drinks to curb obesity.

In the last few months, an interesting health controversy has been brewing in the United States – anti-obesity advocates and health lobbyists have been trying to get officials to ban or disincentivise high levels of sugar in soft drinks and other beverages, because they believe that the sweet stuff in drinkables is a key culprit in the rise of obesity and its associated health problems.

According to advocates of interventions, sugary drinks have a pernicious effect on waistlines. Many people consume lots of extra kilojoules every day in the form of sweetened beverages. In South Africa, for example, children consume large quantities of sweetened drinks; in one study among grade 4 and grade 7 kids in the Western Cape, learners consumed an average of 783ml of soft drinks per day. More generally, estimates put South Africans’ sugar consumption at about 31kgs per person per year (about 84g a day), about half of which comes in the form of sweetened beverages.

However, these beverages do not promote a feeling of fullness, so people don’t eat less to make up for the kilojoules they drink in the form of sugar. The result is that they end up taking in far too many kilojoules and piling on weight. In addition, the consumption of too much added sugar also promotes poor nutrition, increased levels of circulating blood fat, and tooth decay. The solution, say advocates of sugar bans in the US, is to force or persuade manufacturers to put less sugar in their products in the first place, and they have been taking various actions to see this achieved.

In an unusually bold move, a lobbying group has presented the US Food and Drug Administration (the body which regulates food labels and ingredients) with a petition signed by Harvard School of Public Health researchers, the Boston Public Health Commission, and others urging it to regulate the amount of sugar that is permitted in beverages. The petition is unlikely to succeed, but the fact that it was submitted highlights a growing momentum of advocacy around banning sweetened drinks.

Predictably enough, the whole brouhaha was kick-started in New York City when mayor Michael Bloomberg approved a citywide ban on large sugary drinks, including super-sized soft drinks and large, sweet frothy latte-style drinks. The ban, which comes into effect in a few months, will mean that fast food chains, coffee shops, and restaurants in NYC will not be allowed to sell sugary beverages in servings larger than 500ml.

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Free Milk Program For Children

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From Your Health Journal…..”What a nice story about some primary schools in New Zealand will be receiving free milk next year at school. Many children do not drink enough healthy liquids – filling up with empty calories from ‘liquid candy’ consumption. After age 2, it is important for children to consumer about 3 cups of non or low fat milk each day. Milk contains all of the macro-nutrients – carbohydrates, protein, and fat. It is important to supply children with vitamins A & D, riboflavin, phosphorus, calcium, and potassium. Dairy is rich in many vitamins and minerals, great for strengthening bones and muscles. A very heart warming article helping children lead healthier lifestyles.”

From the article…..

Otago primary school children can expect to receive a free daily serving of milk next year, as part of a national bid to become ”the dairy nutrition capital of the world”.

Fonterra’s ”Milk for Schools” programme will be rolled out in Southland primary schools first, at the start of term 1, January 28, and will then spread through the country during the year.

By the middle of term 2, all areas of the South Island are expected to be receiving school milk.

In launching Milk for Schools yesterday, Fonterra chief executive Theo Spierings said he hoped all New Zealand schools wishing to take part would be receiving the low-fat 180ml servings by the end of term 1, 2014.

Fonterra would also provide fridges to keep supplies cool.

A previous government-backed free school milk scheme in New Zealand was stopped in 1967.

Otago Primary Principals’ Association president and Bathgate School principal Whetu Cormick said Milk for Schools was a positive initiative for children across the country. Many lower-decile schools already had access to other health initiatives, such as Kick Start Breakfast and Fruit in Schools, and the milk scheme would provide some equity across all New Zealand schools, he said.

The programme was trialled in Northland this year, and University of Auckland research showed Northland children’s milk consumption at school and at home had increased significantly since the pilot began.

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Guest Post – Kim Bowman, Milk, Does It Do A Body Good?

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milkThere are so many reasons to be confused about what food is good for you and what isn’t. Unfortunately the biggest factor is due to misinformation mostly provided by the companies that don’t want you to know the whole truth about their products!

Let’s take milk for an example. Milk is something (in its raw form) that humans have been drinking and thriving on for thousands of years. In 1944, raw milk became illegal for human consumption due to a media smear campaign, launched to make people fearful of consuming raw milk in favor of pasteurization. Now let’s go to 1993, the FDA approves Monsanto’s artificial hormone (rBGH) recombinant bovine growth hormone, or (rbST) recombinant bovine somatotropin marketed as Posilac.

This hormone is injected into dairy cows to produce more milk, with the effects on cows being, an increase in mastitis, reproductive dysfunction, clinical lameness, and decreases the life of the cows. As a result of these severe medical conditions, cows are treated with antibiotics. 80% of all antibiotics are used to treat the ill health of all factory farmed dairy and meat animals.

Milk from rBGH / rBST treated cows contains antibiotics, hormones, puss and higher levels of the hormone insulin-like growth factor 1 (IGF-1) which has been proven to cause various cancers like prostate and breast cancers. Then there’s the Genetically Modified Organisms (GMO) feed, that these cows are fed. Needless to say, all of these things find their way into your milk, and considering all the research proving that none of these things are healthy for us or the cows, so if it is in the milk, would you think it is healthy?

So what to put in your cereal? Try organic milk, almond milk, or coconut milk. I personally do not recommend soy or rice milk. Rice milk is a container of sugar and soy even if it is organic creates elevated phytoestrogens levels, which can have adverse health effects.


– Guest Author, Kim Bowman, ‘The Food Investigator’ with ‘What’s In It 4 U?’

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