I came across an interesting post from Danelle Wolford about the confusion surrounding the milk we drink and pretty much take for granted on a daily basis. The reality is that there is a big difference in the quality of milk available on the market and the impact it can have on our overall health.
I know that I grew up on skim milk. That was all my mother would buy – presumably because it was “healthier” for us. During my childhood, “fat-free” was all the rage so it made perfect sense that our milk should be “fat-free” as well. Unfortunately, what we didn’t know was that the process of making our milk fat-free just complicated a simple food and had negative consequences.
Michael Pollan describes the process in the post as follows:
“To make dairy products low fat, it’s not enough to remove the fat. You then have to go to great lengths to preserve the body or creamy texture by working in all kinds of food additives. In the case of low-fat or skim milk, that usually means adding powdered milk. But powdered milk contains oxidized cholesterol, which scientists believe is much worse for your arteries than ordinary cholesterol, so food makers sometimes compensate by adding antioxidants, further complicating what had been a simple one-ingredient whole food. Also, removing the fat makes it that much harder for your body to absorb the fat-soluble vitamins that are one of the reasons to drink milk in the first place.” – Michael Pollan
Ironically, Danelle points out that as low-fat dairy sales peaked in our country, so did obesity. Coincidence? I don’t think so.
The moral of the story is if you’re going to drink milk, try to make sure it’s organic if possible, and don’t fear whole milk. It’s full of nutrients that are good for your body and it hasn’t been artificially modified. Enjoy the article.
Michael Lenz RPh, is a partner in Fallon Wellness Pharmacy of Saratoga. He has over 15 years experience in custom compounding. Michael has received extensive training in Bio-identical Hormone Replacement Therapy (BHRT) and Adrenal Fatigue. He is an advocate for healthy eating and proper nutritional supplementation, and speaks frequently on the subjects of hormone health, nutrition and wellness. Michael is currently enrolled in the Institute For Functional Medicine’s Certified Functional Medicine Practitioner Program. He lives in Saratoga Springs, NY with his wife and 4 children.