Got Milked?

Got Milked?

What You Don't Know About Dairy, the Truth About Calcium, and Why You'll Thrive Without Milk

Book - 2015
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For more than a generation, we’ve been taught that milk does a body good, but inGot Milked? Alissa Hamilton dispels common misconceptions about milk and looks behind the marketing, examining the enormous influence the milk industry has over our diets. Separating science from advertising, Hamilton uncovers the inside story behind how milk became a dietary staple, stripping away years of conventional assumptions about diet to reveal the ways in which milk interferes with everyday health.

But more than just a sobering look at how milk is not the wonder food that it has been made out to be,Got Milked? also demonstrates how going milk-free can revolutionize your diet and your well-being. Attacking decades of accepted wisdom about milk,Got Milked? will make you rethink the way you consume milk and empower you to eat better. Hamilton also offers delicious dairy-free recipes and full meal plans that deliver the same nutrients found in dairy products, without all the sugar or negative side effects.

At once provocative and transformative, Got Milked? challenges many of the myths surrounding milk and will leave you prepared to take charge of your health. Not only will you find it easy to drop milk from your diet, you will thrive without it.

Three myths you don’t want to swallow

Myth #1: Milk protects your bones and prevents osteoporosis

Untrue. The calcium in milk, claimed by milk marketers as the best way to avoid diseases like osteoporosis, is actually harder for our bodies to absorb than the calcium found in vegetables like broccoli, bok choy and kale. In fact, the record high calcium recommendations in North America may be doing our bones and bodies more harm than good.

Myth #2: Milk is an essential part of a healthy diet

Untrue. Claims that milk is a good source of protein and other essential nutrients fly in the face of modern medical science. And although low-fat milk is fortified with vitamin D, vitamin D is fat-soluble and therefore not the best source of the nutrient. Further most people cannot digest lactose, the sugar in milk. Even those who can have good reason to avoid it. Lactose breaks down during digestion into a highly inflammatory sugar that can accelerate aging and lead to disease. The picture only gets worse when sugar-laden, flavored milk products are lumped in with milk marketing.

Myth #3: Milk is pure and simple

Untrue. Regular use of antibiotics and growth hormones means that modern milk is anything but natural. Some of the essential nutrients in milk are added in the same way that Kellogg’s fortifies Fruit Loops with vitamins and minerals. And the industrialization of milk has allowed dairy processors to mix large batches of milk from different farms to create a uniform product that lasts longer, but may also cause more allergies. Modern milk is making us sick, yet milk and sugary milk products some with sugar levels as high as soft drinks are served to children in schools across North America.

Publisher: Toronto : Collins, c2015
Edition: 1st Canadian ed
ISBN: 9781443421270
Branch Call Number: 641.563 HAM
Characteristics: x, 319 p. ;,23 cm.


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Nov 11, 2017

An excellent writer, though there are too many annotations referencing newspaper articles instead of the original research. Additionally the author ignored some research that provides evidence on the benefit of grass fed whole milk that was out with time to make it into her book. Read the Big Fat Surprise for more information on that. The interesting parts of the book which had have been taken up in other works is the uselessness of the food guides as they are guided by poor science (originally no science)and lobby groups. Worth reading if you are not up on some of the arguments from In Defense of Food by Michael Pollan with respect to avoiding processed foods or if you are seeking specific information on milk products and some easy alternatives to getting your daily calcium requirements.

Aug 18, 2015

Some new observations, many facts already known but it is good to repeat and make the known better known.

Aug 04, 2015

Well-researched and well-written, the book serves as a reminder that in today's world, we need to be asking questions and looking carefully at what we are consuming as food.

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