I love the “Got Milk?” ads of a celebrity with a milk mustache. I do not know whether these celebrities are regular milk drinkers, but they sure make drinking milk look sexy. And they also reinforce the idea that drinking three glasses of milk a day will lead to weight loss. That is as true as a fairy godmother.
Milk does not help us to lose weight!
The National Dairy Council has spent more than $300 million since 2003 in advertising to make us believe that if we consume enough dairy food we will lose weight.
According to LA Times, of the 49 studies on dairy products and weight loss, only 2 studies linked dairy with weight loss and 41 studies with no effect.
The Federal Trade Commission has forced the dairy organizations to stop claiming that drinking milk will promote weight loss. As a matter of fact their new claim is that “studies suggest the nutrients in 3 glasses of lowfat or fat free milk a day can help maintain a healthy weight, plus the protein, along with exercise, helps build muscle for a lean body. So eat right, move more and milk your diet.” Are you sitting here scratching your head at their wording of “eat right and move more?” Basically they recommend you go on a diet for weight loss, but drink our milk.
But calcium might help weight maintenance in menopausal women.
A seven year study from the Women’s Health Initiative has found that menopausal women consuming 1,000 mg of calcium and 400 IU of vitamin D every day are less likely to gain weight or maintain their weight. Some of these women in the study actually lost weight.
Calcium is found in food sources other than milk.
Though we are brainwashed to believe that milk is the healthiest source of calcium, it is not. The amount of calories in a glass of milk is equal to our “treat” for those of us trying to lose weight. Even if we drink the fat free milk, the calories in three glasses will add up.
More nutritional and reduced calorie sources of calcium includes: broccoli, kale, spinach, oranges, tofu, peanuts, peas, black beans, salmon, sardines, Chinese mustard greens, and Chinese cabbage. Google “calcium food source” for more options.
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