From what I've read, animal protein actually LEECHES calcium from your bones! Our bodies need a lot of calcium in order to digest animal protein, MORE than the calcium that is actually in milk! So every time you drink a glass of milk, you're actually LOSING calcium from your bones just by drinking it! That's why up until recently, Americans were the few suffering from Osteoporosis-- because we are one of the only countries that regularly consumes milk past childhood.
Ever notice how milk commercials say "calcium, like the kind found in milk, has been linked to bone health?" The research was done on calcium, NOT milk!! You can get plenty of easily absorbed calcium from leafy vegetables, nuts, seeds, and beans!
Sorry to get on my "soap box" there-- I used to be a big milk drinker until I learned about this stuff! It was hard to quit, but I am so much healthier now!
- 9/25/2010 12:17:35 AM