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Dairy Products Discriminate

February 8, 2013 by  

Dairy Products Discriminate

Researchers at the Institute for Aging Research (IFAR) at Hebrew SeniorLife, an affiliate of Harvard Medical School, has found that not all dairy products are equally beneficial in promoting strength.

Specifically, the study, which was recently published in the journal Archives of Osteoporosis, found that milk and yogurt are associated with higher bone mineral density (BMD) in the hip, but not the spine, while cream may be associated with lower BMD overall.

“Dairy foods provide several important nutrients that are beneficial for bone health,” says lead author Shivani Sahni, Ph.D., Musculoskeletal Research Team, IFAR. “However, cream and its products such as ice cream have lower levels of these nutrients and have higher levels of fat and sugar. In this study, 2.5 to 3 servings of milk and yogurt intake per day were associated with better bone density. More research is needed to examine the role of cheese intake (some of which can be high in fat and sodium), and whether individual dairy foods have a significant impact in reducing fractures.”

Thirty-four million Americans have low bone density, putting them at increased risk for osteoporosis and fractures, especially of the hip, spine and wrist. About one-quarter of those who suffer a hip fracture die within a year of the injury.

Kellye Copas

Staff writer Kellye Copas has several years experience writing for the alternative health industry. Her background is in non-profit fundraising, copywriting and direct mail and web marketing.

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  • johno

    I had ulcerative colitus. I took pills to keep it in check for years. I read a study that raw milk had a positive effect on colitus. I found a neighbor that milked his own cow and started drinking raw milk. Not long after I got a colonoscopy and there was no sign of the colitus.

    The farmer quit milking and raw milk is impossible to find as it’s illegal commercially. The colitus has not returned after a couple of years but I have some of the old pills just in case. It’s easier to get a doctor’s prescription than find the good milk. I’m too lazy to milk a cow.

    The point is that in these studies do they ever use dairy products that aren’t pasteurized?

    • eric

      As i have tried to teach people, food processing and high heat destroys nutrition. As a consequence, poor nutrition leads to poor health, overeating to acquire enough nutrition, and things go downhill from there.

      To me, this study seems to point out that sugar, if the common sweetened creams are any evidence processed corn syrup, interferes with nutrition absorption. In this case calcium and the nutrients needed to absorb and use it all of which are available in whole milk as you discovered.

    • Karolyn

      Raw milk is available in many states. Here in SC it’s legal, but I would have to drive 60 miles to get it, since we have no dairy farms around here. There are only 10 states where it is totally illegal.

  • dan

    …they die because it freking hurts and keeps hurting…and pain meds wreck your kidneys and booze wrecks your liver….but hemp is illegal because Dupont doesn’t like competition.

    • Chuck S

      I think there are a lot of natural remedies for everything marijuana is supposed to cure.

  • Hip O. Clotimus

    Don’t forget about the Bovine Growth Hormone in all milk except organic. Fat children you say? BGH. Seems to be so bad, the various milk marketing boards have largely removed the labeling from the product. Go organic.

    • Karolyn


  • Evan

    Raw milk is an amazing food. Pasteurized and homogenized milk is a health disaster. Raw milk is out there, but you have to search for it. It is worth the time and money though, especially if you have kids in the house. Not to mention it tastes awesome.

  • Bob W.

    I was raised on raw goats milk becuase my mother was not well and cow milk did not agree with me. I drank it regulary untill the age of 10 when we had to get rid of our goat because of the city regulations. I am now 61 yr old and would love to have a milk goat if I could find one.


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