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:


  1. I have been drinking milk since i was a baby, but still I have seemed to brake my bones every year. What I am trying to say is that milk did not help me build strong bones, I had very weak and brakeable ones.

  2. it helps you keep a good amount of calcium in your body to keep you healthy. also have strong bones.

  3. I don't drink milk because I am lactose intolerant but I do eat calcium tablets sometimes. There is a question that I have because my brother is lactose intolerant also. It is "Which one has more health benefits, rice milk or soy milk?"