CAN’T BE VEGAN! Non-Dairy Milk HURTING Children!

#FakeNews #BadScience #Milk #Dairy

One of my regular viewers, Daisy Summer Love, has repeatedly requested that I tackle this.


She is experiencing hesitations about raising her children vegan due to an article she read on CBS news, which she linked me to.

The article, which is based on a 2017 study published in The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, claims that “children who drink alternatives to dairy milk, including soy, almond or rice milks, appear to be slightly shorter than their peers who drink cow’s milk.”

This is a prime example of media fear-mongering. And it wasn’t just CBS, other news outlets including CNN, CBC, and Newsweek all got involved in this topic.

And the study’s researchers are either being incredibly disingenuous, or they’re simply not that bright.

Allow me to explain why.

First and foremost, one of the largest organizations of food and nutrition professionals, the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, had released a statement, which has undergone two separate peer-reviews in 2009 and 2016, which claims that appropriately-planned vegan diets are nutritious and healthful for people at ALL stages of life.

Now that we’ve established that supportive foundation for the vegan diet… allow me to explain why CBS and that new paper are SPECIFICALLY wrong.

I do want to start by noting that I could not find any blatant funding by the dairy industry, but I will admit — I couldn’t be bothered to research the money trail for the 7 individual researchers and 8 involved organizations, so there may very well be something I am missing.

But, it doesn’t ultimately matter. The paper expresses a GLARING disregard for logic.

According to the paper, noncow milk consumption is associated with lower childhood height. The researchers claim that for each daily cup of noncow milk consumed, children were 0.4 cm shorter.

Now, here’s the face-palm moment… brace yourselves!

The researchers outright admit that “noncow milk contains less protein and fat than cow milk”.

Well, no shit!

For example, rice milk is low in protein and fat, but high in carbs. Coconut milk is high in fat, but low in protein and carbs. Etc.

It is utterly absurd to compare the nutrition profiles of plant milks to cow milk, because you WILL find significant disparities, which will innevitably favor cow milk.

This paper makes it sound as though children are being fed ONLY plant milks, rather than a BALANCED diet INCLUDING plant milks. And in doing so, unfairly putting the blame on plant milks for the negative outcome!

It doesn’t even make mention of human ignorance and stupidity.

If you feed your kids inadequate nutrition, vegan or not, they will suffer, and you are a bad parent!

Pro-tip, as if I should even have to state this: ensure your child is getting adequate daily protein and fat from VARIOUS sources.

If you are unsure how to approach your child’s diet… do some research, and get advice from folks with sound knowledge and a proven track-record.

People… you need to do it right!

If doing it right is asking too much of you, then don’t become a parent. Children are an investment, and require love, resources, time and proper effort.

Now, one more thing before I sign off, due to perpetual lactation, commercial cow’s milk contains large amounts of estrogens and progesterone, which are the two hormones commonly found in female birth control pills. According to research, the estrogens in the milk are INDEED absorbed, gonadotropin secretion is suppressed, and testosterone secretion is decreased. And all of this could negatively impact how your your child matures sexually!

You see, you can easily avoid any nutritional deficiencies related to plant milks simply by consuming a well-planned and balanced diet. But, you CANNOT avoid the hormonal drawbacks of cow milk consumption!

And yet these news outlets choose to release hit pieces on plant milks while simultaneously promoting cow’s milk?!

Reprehensible!

Anyhow, drop some comments below, and stir up dialogue.

REFERENCES

http://www.cbsnews.com/news/drinking-non-cows-milk-soy-almond-may-affect-childrens-height-study/

http://ajcn.nutrition.org/content/early/2017/06/07/ajcn.117.156877.abstract

http://www.eatrightpro.org/resource/practice/position-and-practice-papers/position-papers/vegetarian-diets

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/19496976

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