Dear 100 Hour Board,
What are your opinions on milk consumption? I was raised in an anti-milk family. My aunt says it actually takes more calcium to digest milk than the milk provides. I've also heard that oriental cultures that didn't have milk never had osteoperosis etc. untill they got milk. I have tried researching this issue, but I'm afraid I'm getting some radical sites with no scientific basis. Therefore I am turning to the omniscient board for their opinions/research finds on this matter
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Milk is good for you, unless you are allergic to it. Generally, for those that are at or above their healthy wight, low- or non-fat dairy products are recommended. While no general dietary recommendations are perfect for all individuals, the dietary guidelines released by DHHS and USDA are pretty good. For more information on their recommendations, see http://www.health.gov/DietaryGuidelines/
"Let me ask you a question: how do you feel about milk?"
"I'm for it!"
"Well, then, this club is formed!"
Drink it. Unless you're lactose intolerant, then drink it in really small quantities and eat tons of other dairy products. Your aunt is very wrong. Calcium is not digested, it's absorbed. And it takes ATP to absorb calcium through the small intestine. You digest milk through lactase which is secreted into your stomach. So, her theory is entirely misled. My guess on the asian cultures is that they recieved milk so late in life that they had already developed Osteoporosis. It was just too late in their case to prevent this disorder. Increasing your calcium intake does NOT cause you to get osteoporosis. Milk is the best way for your body to get calcium, and your body needs calcium to aid in bone formation and to keep your bones strong.
The only case when you shouldn't be drinking milk in some form (cheese, ice cream, yogurt) is if you're a strict Vegan. If that's the case, you should be taking calcium supplements for sure.
Hooray for MILK!