Milk Myths-Please Read

I have seen too many children in my practice with eating issues among the most common anemia.

First time mothers depend on the advice they get from their pediatricians about how to nourish their child. Too often this advice turns out to be harmful.

Many of my articles as well as my counseling sessions include my firm recommendation not to take any advice from anyone at face value. We have every right to question anything that we are putting in our bodies or the bodies of our family. Television advertising does not have to be accountable unless some watchdog group brings it to our attention. Too often nutrition labeling is misleading.

There is enough research attesting that breast milk is the very best formula a mother can provide to her child. The problem begins after weaning from the breast.

Do you know anyone who has a child that is not receptive to solid food? Any children with anemia? I see many in my practice. The recommendation for children from the American Heart Association states 2 cups of milk from ages 1 through 8years old and 3 cups of milk through ages 9-18. Filling up on fluids often change the appetite of young children, therefore not eating solid foods. In addition, the often recommended cow’s milk will not provide iron and vitamin B12.

I urge everyone on their next visit to the supermarket to start really examining nutrition labels. Specifically I am going to focus on milk.

Let’s compare: Organic Valley 2% milk                     Whole Foods 365 Organic Light Soymilk

Serving size 1 cup 8oz                                                   1 cup 8oz

Calories 130                                                                    70

Total Fat 5gm                                                                   1.5gm

Saturated Fat 3gm                                                           0gm

Trans Fat 0gm                                                                  0gm

Cholesterol 20mg                                                             0mg

Sodium 120mg                                                                90mg

Potassium 360mg                                                         300mg

Total Carbohydrate 12gm                                                9gm

Dietary fiber 0gm                                                              2gm

Sugars 11gm                                                                     6gm

Protein 8gm                                                                       6gm

Vitamin A 10%                                                                   10%

Vitamin C 0%                                                                       0%

Calcium 30%                                                                       30%

Iron 0%                                                                                  6%

Vitamin D 25%                                                                    30%

Riboflavin ——                                                                   30%

Vitamin B12 ———                                                          50%

In addition to the above I hope you are reading all the articles about the hormones that are being injected into cows so that they produce more milk. These hormones are being associated with early development of our children.

Soymilk might not be the answer for everyone but there are also several other options. Goat milk, coconut milk, and almond milk.

The above brand of Soymilk is made from soybeans organically grown in the USA and never genetically modified.

I hope you will be open minded and do your own research by examining nutrition labels and looking at ingredients. As one mother said to me “I am responsible for everything I put into my child”.

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3 Responses to Milk Myths-Please Read

  1. Karen says:

    Bernice you are as bad as the advertisers you slam in your article.

    There is a reason why milk has been advocated for so strongly by generations and generations of pediatricians – because it is good for you. It doesn’t sound like you’ve ever actually had children yourself but I have several and have never seen in my own or others, a reduction in the amount of food they eat because they drank a beverage. Next are you going to recommend children not be given anything to drink to increase their appetites for solid food? How about all the children that drink juice, wouldn’t that be as “detrimental” to their poor little appetites if your theory is correct? So ridiculous.

    We have many dietary needs and sources for them. I would have a great deal more respect for you if you advocated a combination of milk and other products like soy or almond which taste quite different and do not hold the same appeal as milk. These products are also just as polluted with sugar treats like chocolate and strawberry flavors to try to lure kids in. Most kids have to use these milk substitutes because they are lactose intolerant and for that they are a perfect stand in.

    I think you should spend a little more time researching the dairy industry and why real doctors still recommend milk every time…

    • berniceborow says:

      are you a representative of the dairy industry? I too am a mother and now grandmother. i advise you to go to the supermarket put a soy milk product label next to cow milk pay attention check the iron, calcium and vitamin B12 curiously you will see cow milk sadly does not provide any iron and B12. now, as a Registered Dietitian I have had too many experiences with children that are anemic and upon assessment the fact is that they are being given cow milk. when they are switched to soy milk the anemia disappears. so yes maybe many years ago cow milk would have been recommended but our food supply is not being monitored and curiously haven’t you wondered why our adolescents are developing earlier? when cows are being injected with hormones to produce more those same hormones are in the milk. please feel free to investigate the many research articles and visit some of these dairy farms before you make silly accusations.

  2. @Karen: Here is something I read recently. “While we’re on the subject of soy, I think soy formula for infants is one of the most ludicrous products on the market. Soy formula is NOT SUITABLE as a milk substitute, because, among other reasons, soy milk does not contain cholesterol and infants need cholesterol, especially for the development of the brain and nervous system. And infants who are fed soy formula exclusively receive five birth control pills worth of estrogen every day! Is it any wonder that some girls are hitting puberty at 7-8 years old?”

    And our milk? Don’t even get me started…full of pus, antibiotics, growth hormones…and you want to give that to children. At least buy organic. I think about the fact that we are the only people on the planet that drink the milk of another animal…

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