Dairy Facts & Myths
How well do you know dairy?
Dairy often gets a bad reputation. There is a lot of misinformation about dairy and as a result, many people avoid dairy products and miss out on its health and nutritional benefits. Studies show that when consumed as part of a healthy diet, dairy products contribute to better bone health and improve overall diet quality. Test your dairy intelligence with these truths about dairy.
1. Regular milk is not as healthy as organic regular milk.
By the way, all milk must meet the same rigorous standards of the U.S. Department of Agriculture and the Food and Drug Administration.
2. Only whole milk contains vitamin D.
development). Milk and milk products are also great sources of protein.
3. For the price, milk supplies more nutrients than juice.
4. Flavored milk isn’t good for you due to added sugar.
not heavier in weight than non-milk drinkers. Milk, whether it’s flavored or plain white, contains nine essential vitamins and minerals including protein
5. Soy, almond, coconut and rice beverages are healthier than real dairy milk.
calcium, potassium, phosphorus, protein, vitamins A, D and B12, riboflavin and niacin—found in milk and milk products. One 8-ounce glass of almond
beverage only provides 1 gram of protein, while real dairy milk provides 8 grams of protein per 8-ounce serving.
6. Pasteurized milk offers more health benefits than unpasteurized milk.
as exposure to E. coli, listeria and salmonella, according to the Federal Drug Administration and other health agencies such as the Centers for Disease Control
and Prevention and the American Academy of Pediatrics.
7. People who are sensitive to lactose should avoid milk and all dairy foods like cheese and yogurt.
milk is also a good choice.
8. Farmers disregard the environment and use large amounts of pesticides.
and farmers consistently meet or exceed those regulations.
9. Dairy cows are given unnecessary antibiotics, transferring antibiotics to the milk we drink.
Once a cow is given antibiotics, it is separated from the herd and continues to be milked, but the milk is discarded. That milk never reaches the consumer
and is not included in any milk products.
10. People should avoid milk because of hormones.
are completely broken down during digestion. Some dairy farmers choose to use a naturally occurring bovine hormone, bovine somatotropin or rBST, to
help cows produce more milk. The safety of rBST has been affirmed and reaffirmed by the U.S. Department of Agriculture, the Federal Drug
Administration and other leading health organizations.