1-Minute Overview of the Milk Debate

“Is drinking milk healthy for humans?”

Take one minute to read the information below, and we estimate that you’ll know a lot more than most Americans about this topic.
Why This Topic?
Milk is one of the most popular beverages in the United States. We have been told it “does a body good” and is important for growth in children and maintaining health in adults. But some scientific studies have found that contrary to popular belief, drinking milk may do more harm to our bodies than good. We decided to seek out the most credible pro and con perspectives to help our readers learn about both sides of the milk debate.
PRO Milk CON Milk
PRO:¬†Proponents of milk state that the calcium and other vitamins and minerals in milk make it an important part of a healthful diet for people of all ages, and that people with lactose intolerance should still consume milk. They claim that milk helps children grow and has benefits for adults that include weight loss, strengthening bones, improved cardiovascular and oral health, cancer prevention, and relief of PMS. CON:¬†Opponents of milk argue that milk contributes to obesity, calcium deficiency, allergies, heart disease, cancer, and other health ailments. Opponents also contend that, in the U.S., over 51% of individuals with non-European ancestry are lactose intolerant. They state that claims regarding milk’s benefits are merely advertising campaigns designed to promote dairy sales and that many nutritious alternatives to cow’s milk exist.