NEED MILK? blog series
Last year we saw the retirement of the USDA’s aging food pyramid. This was a hopeful change that brought us to the new and improved diet diagram, MyPlate. The USDA’s work on this nutriton guide seemed to address some of the pyramid’s shortcomings, however it left dairy as a daily requirement of 3 cups. This spurred my curiosity about milk and it’s true role in our diet. I already had an opinion that dairy was unnecessary and potentially harmful but I realized I needed to learn more and see if we really do need milk.
My quest to learn more about the role of dairy lead me to Amazon to purchase three books..
Devil in the Milk: Illness, Health and the Politics of A1 and A2 Milk, by Keith Woodford
Whitewash: The Disturbing Truth About Cow’s Milk and Your Health, by Joseph Keon
The Raw Milk Revolution: Behind America’s Emerging Battle Over Food Rights, by David E. Gumpert.
I looked for a fourth book that made a case for pasteurized, homogenized milk however, after an extensive search on milk related books I was unable to find anything worthwhile.
So it begins, my quest to define and understand if that infamous “got milk?” campaign has any validity or if we should push our carts past the dairy section? In the next eight weeks I’m going to read online resources, books from my new milk library and interview a few dietitians on their opinions of milk. Hopefully by the end of it all we will begin to see if those recommended three cups of milk should even be near my plate.