Protecting Children from Milk

. . . let’s get it out of their school lunches!

I’ve been telling parents for the last 20 years to get their children off cow milk. Many thought I was crazy to say such things, even though it was based on sound science. Now, a prominent group of doctors and consumers has petitioned the government to take milk off the National School Lunch Program requirements because it “offers no health benefits and has several health detriments.”

The Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine (PCRM) is a group of more than 120,000 doctors and concerned citizens that views good nutrition as key in maintaining health and preventing disease. Earlier this month it filed a formal petition with the USDA asking that dairy milk be excluded as a required component of school kids’ meals.

The rationale for including milk in school lunches has been that it “builds strong bones.” However, the PCRM points to recent research showing that while exercise and vitamin D have been proven to build strong bones, milk has not. While they acknowledge that calcium is an essential nutrient, they say it can be obtained from healthier sources. They criticize milk for being high in sugar, saturated fat and animal protein – all of which are harmful to, rather than protective of, bone health.

I couldn’t agree more. I hear from parents frequently who tell me that by simply eliminating milk from their child’s diet, they’ve been able to vastly improve the child’s health. Read what I had to say about Milk back in 1998; it holds true today.

Source: Sifferlin A. The milk wars: Should milk be taken off the school-lunch menu? Time.com, July 20, 2012.
Petition for Administrative Action filed with the United States Department of Agriculture Food and Nutrition Service, Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine, July 19, 2012. http://www.pcrm.org/pdfs/health/PCRM_USDA_milk_petition.7.19.12.pdf

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