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Debate Continues On The Pros, Cons Of Milk

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Posted at 4:30 PM, Aug 07, 2015
and last updated 2015-09-07 16:58:00-04

SAN ANTONIO. (Ivanhoe Newswire) - It used to be a no-brainer, almost everyone drank milk. Now, not so much. The reasons why are creating a healthy debate.

“I would say for the most part, I am pro-milk,” Kara Trochta, MDS, RDN, LD, Registered Dietician and Nutritionist at the University of Texas, Health Science Center in San Antonio, Texas said.

“We’re not genetically evolved to process the proteins, fats, and sugars in cow’s milk,” said Beverly Meyer, MBA, Clinical Nutritionist and Holistic Nutritionist.

Some said it’s healthy, others say it’s not. The big concern is the antibiotics found in cows.

“Because the animals are confined, they’re eating a bad diet, they’re sick and they live, literally, on high doses of antibiotics,” Meyer explained.

Meyer said antibiotics in cow’s milk aren’t the only problem.

“What does pass into the milk is something called insulin-like growth factor-1, or IGF-1. This is a substance that we know causes cancer,” Meyer said.

Trochta isn’t convinced about the IGF-1 claim, or that antibiotics present any danger. She wants to see more scientific studies.

“While there are single studies that are groundbreaking, I don’t think we can necessarily change our eating patterns based off of a single study,” Trochta told Ivanhoe.

What about calcium? There’s no debate that milk has it, but whether it helps prevent bone loss is being debated.

“There are large studies that show that there is no decrease in the amount of hip and other bone fractures in populations drinking larger amounts of milk,” Meyer said.

Exercise also influences the number of bone fractures.

“Our diet affects our bone health, but also the amount of physical activity that we’re doing,” Trochta said.

So, the debate continues.

“The cons don’t really outweigh the pros of this at this point,” Trochta added.

Milk produced in the United States is routinely tested for any trace of antibiotics, and poured out if any is found. But critics said the tests don’t detect all types of antibiotics. The debate goes on.