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Sunday, March 13, 2021

How much moo-juice should you pour down your kids’ throats? Maybe less than has been the conventional wisdom — and maybe not. A new review article in the medical journal Pediatrics that suggests less dairy-derived calcium in childrens’ diets is being challenged by the dairy industry as a screen for promoting vegetarian agendas.

An abstract of the article, “Calcium, Dairy Products, and Bone Health in Children and Young Adults: A Reevaluation of the Evidence” (catchy title!) can be found here.

Personally, I’ve never been much on milk and related products. I’d just as soon have calcium-infused orange juice. And my boss raised her daughter on a low-dairy diet, substituting other calcium sources like broccoli, almonds and such; the kid is now 17, something like 5′8″, and athletic as anybody. So it wouldn’t be surprising to find that dairy’s benefits are overhyped.

The counterattack by dairy producers follows a trend of late, similar to the Florida Department of Citrus’ PR efforts against recent problem findings with grapefruit juice’s health benefits. It’s a system of checks of balances, and a deft use of public relations strategy; still, I’m not sure if it’s a favorable development. Industry interests aren’t going to present anything but a favorably sanitized story that doesn’t have to be particularly deep to be effective. The long-term result is the intimidation of researchers from making definitive statements.

- Costa Tsiokos, Sun 03/13/2005 12:18:30 PM
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