Dairy Myth Busters
Food myths can lead to the omission of important nutrients in the diet. That’s why it’s important to get the facts about the foods you love- like dairy! We’ve identified a few common milk myths that we’d like to clear up. Got another food-ism you want fact checked? Contact one of our nutrition specialists and we’ll be happy to answer your questions. Here are some common milk myths- debunked!
Dairy Myth Busters
Busted: There is no conclusive evidence that organic milk is superior to regular milk in safety or nutrition. Organic milk and regular milk both contain nine essential nutrients that make dairy an important part of a healthy diet. So whether you choose conventional or organic, you’re doing the body good by choosing milk!
Busted: Milk and milk products provide a wealth of nutrition benefits. But unpasteurized or raw milk can harbor dangerous microorganisms that can pose serious health risks to you and your family including tuberculosis, listeria and salmonella.
Busted: Those who are lactose intolerant don’t have to miss out on the great taste and health benefits of dairy. Different people can handle different amounts of lactose, and there’s a solution to meet most needs in the dairy case – from lactose-free milk to dairy foods that are typically easier to digest like hard cheeses and yogurt.
Busted: Soy beverages contain a different set of nutrients than cow’s milk. Although the protein and fat content are similar, soy beverages are naturally low in calcium, containing only about 10 mg per serving. Manufacturers often fortify with calcium, but the amount added is not regulated and can vary from 80 to 500 mg per serving. The other nutrients in milk important for bone health—including vitamin D, phosphorus, potassium and magnesium—are also not present at the same levels in soy beverages. Therefore, soy beverages should not be considered a substitute to the nutrients obtained from milk.
Busted: At just 25 cents per eight-ounce glass, milk provides twice as many nutrients and vitamins as soft drinks and juices.
Busted: Milk, including flavored milk, contains 9 essential nutrients that are important for growth and development. Flavored milk accounts for less than 3.5% of added sugar intake in children ages 6-12 and less than 2% in teens.