When I was a teenager I would read a variety of teen magazines and collect the milk posters that pictured celebrities with milk mustaches. They were cool right? This was and still is a very powerful milk campaign that inspired me even at a young age to make sure I consumed adequate milk products. Milk campaigns now are targeting a wider audience and trying to show the health benefits milk can provide us, rather than simply associate milk with a celebrity. There is a lot of misinformation about milk on the internet, even some websites that are anti-milk. I have no agenda other than to provide credible and reliable nutrition information to my clients, and to you! I do believe that milk does a body good, and helps us to grow in a healthy way. It has 16 essential nutrients, it helps build strong bones and teeth, it is a great recovery food post physical activity, and may even play a role in weight management. For Nutrition Month 2012, Dietitians of Canada has looked at the scientific evidence and come up with some common milk myths to bust.
MYTH #16. Cows’ milk is full of hormones and antibiotics.
THE TRUTH: Not true! Canadian milk meets strict government standards so it’s safe and healthy. Canadian dairy farmers give their cows the best diet and health care so they produce quality milk naturally. Growth hormones to stimulate milk production are not approved for sale or permitted for use in Canada. Just like humans, cows sometimes get sick and need medications like antibiotics. If this happens, the cow is identified and milked separately until she is healthy again. Her milk is properly disposed of for a mandatory length of time, to allow for the medication to get out of her system. Milk, organic and non-organic, is a safe, nutritious choice.
So let’s raise our glasses and have a cup of milk today!