Milk Associated with Increased Mortality

An observational study in Sweden of over 100,000 men and women, followed for 13-22 years, found that high consumption of milk was associated with increased mortality and, in the women, higher risk of fractures. Women who reported drinking 3 or more glasses of milk per day nearly doubled their death rate from any cause compared to those…

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Eating Animal Protein Increases Type 2 Diabetes Risk

A 10-year European study of over 38,000 participants found that the risk of developing type 2 diabetes is increased by eating animal protein. Investigators discovered that meat, milk and cheese, and all sources of animal protein increased risk, but no risk was associated with vegetable protein from various sources. A plant-based diet has been shown to decrease the risk…

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US Teen Beverage Consumption

Almost three-quarters of 11,429 U.S. teens who responded to a national survey, reported drinking at least one glass of water each day during the previous week. Forty-two percent drank a daily glass of milk and 30% drank some kind of 100% fruit juice. However, 24.3% of teens reported drinking at least one sugar-sweetened soda every day,…

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Is Your Child Chronically Constipated?

A small study followed 69 children with chronic constipation through a 12-week trial of four phases (three weeks per phase).Constipation resolved within 5 days in 27 children in phase 2 (when cow's milk was removed). It returned in phase 3 (when cow's milk was reintroduced), and disappeared again in phase 4 (when cow's milk was removed the second…

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Beware of Raw Milk

Raw milk is touted by some as being more nutritious and is inherently antimicrobial, and therefore superior to pasteurized milk. But in reality there are no significant nutritional differences, and raw milk may contain a wide variety of harmful bacteria.A recent outbreak of campylobacteriosis in Michigan confirms this. Twelve cases of this illness have been identified among…

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Americans Are Saying “Cheese” More Often

Food consumption patterns provide an interesting picture of changing tastes and eating habits. The US Department of Agriculture has been tracking food availability since 1909. A wealth of information from these records are now available online. Between 1970 and 2008 cheese consumption grew from 11.4 per person per year to 31.4 pounds--just over a threefold…

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