Monday, March 15, 2010
Do You Really Need Milk To Be Healthy?
You have probably heard a million times that drinking milk makes strong bones. Some students have also asked if milk will make you taller. The facts are:
1. The body has a need for calcium in order to build strong bones and teeth.
2. Milk is a good source of calcium.
3. Other factors such as genetics, Vitamin D, and exercise also play a role in
building strong bones.
4. Milk is not the only source of calcium. Other foods such as dark leafy greens,
yogurt, cheese, and even baked beans contain calcium.
5. Many foods and supplements have been fortified with calcium so it is possible to
get an adequate amount of this mineral without drinking milk.
The bottom line: Milk may be negotiable but adequate calcium is not.
Interesting research on calcium supplementation in young girls:http://www.sciencedirect.com/science?_ob=ArticleURL&_udi=B6T1B-4475VC1-F&_user=10&_coverDate=10%2F13%2F2001&_rdoc=1&_fmt=high&_orig=search&_sort=d&_docanchor=&view=c&_searchStrId=1249995126&_rerunOrigin=scholar.google&_acct=C000050221&_version=1&_urlVersion=0&_userid=10&md5=9c185c333988427d745e150c1c29daf7