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Is Drinking Milk Healthy for Humans?
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Milk is one of the most popular beverages in the United States. We have been told it "does a body good," but some scientific studies have found that contrary to popular belief, drinking milk may do more harm to our bodies than good.

Proponents of milk say calcium and other vitamins and minerals in milk make it an important part of a healthful diet for people of all ages. They argue that milk’s benefits include weight loss, strengthening bones, improved cardiovascular and oral health, cancer prevention, and relief of PMS.

Opponents of milk argue that it contributes to obesity, calcium deficiency, allergies, heart disease, cancer, and other health ailments. They argue that claims regarding milk's benefits are merely advertising campaigns designed to promote dairy sales and that many nutritious alternatives to cow's milk exist.

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Milk Video

Milk is one of the most popular beverages in the United States. We have been told it "does a body good," but some scientific studies have found that contrary to popular belief, drinking milk may do more harm to our bodies than good.

Proponents of milk say calcium and other vitamins and minerals in milk make it an important part of a healthful diet for people of all ages. They argue that milk’s benefits include weight loss, strengthening bones, improved cardiovascular and oral health, cancer prevention, and relief of PMS.

Opponents of milk argue that it contributes to obesity, calcium deficiency, allergies, heart disease, cancer, and other health ailments. They argue that claims regarding milk's benefits are merely advertising campaigns designed to promote dairy sales and that many nutritious alternatives to cow's milk exist.


Milk ProCon.org is a nonpartisan, nonprofit website that presents research, studies, and pro and con statements usually related to pasteurized cow's milk and its effect on human health.


Pros & Cons by Category
CORE QUESTION
General Background
Organic & Raw Milk
Homogenized Milk
Flavored Milk
Non-Dairy Milk
Calcium
Vitamins & Minerals in Milk
Lactose Intolerance
Osteoporosis, Anemia, PMS, and ADHD
Infant Health and Early Puberty
Bones and Teeth
Weight Loss
Cancer, Heart Disease, and Diabetes
Government Statutes & Orders
Milk in Schools
Milk & the US Economy
Milk Advertising Campaigns
Environmental Issues
Pus
Cloning
Artificial Bovine Growth Hormone
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Notices for Milk and Other ProCon.org Information (archived after 30 days)
Updated: Raw Milk Laws State-by-State
4/26/2016 - 20 states prohibit the sale of raw milk for human consumption; 13 states permit the sale of raw milk in retail stores; and 17 states permit the sale of raw milk on only on the farm on which it was produced. Our updated resource details the raw milk laws in all 50 states.

Best of Enemies Film Discussion Guide
4/21/2016 - The televised debates between Gore Vidal and William F. Buckley during the 1968 political conventions are explored in this award-winning documentary. Use our discussion guide to spark a thought-provoking conversation – in your classroom or your living room – about American politics, past and present.

NEW ProCon.org Website! – Should the Federal Minimum Wage Be Increased?
3/31/2016 - Our 55th website explores the pros and cons in the debate over increasing the minimum wage. The federal minimum wage was introduced in the 1930s by President Roosevelt and has been increased by Congress 22 times, most recently in 2009 to reach its current level of $7.25 an hour. Proponents say the current federal minimum wage is too low for anyone to live on; and that a higher minimum wage will help create jobs, grow the economy, and decrease wage inequality. Opponents say that many businesses cannot afford to pay their workers more and will be forced to close, lay off workers, and reduce hiring; that an increase makes it more difficult for low-skilled workers with little or no experience to find jobs; and that low-income communities are disproportionately harmed by wage raises at the federal level.

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Milk is one of the most popular beverages in the United States. We have been told it "does a body good," but some scientific studies have found that contrary to popular belief, drinking milk may do more harm to our bodies than good.

Proponents of milk say calcium and other vitamins and minerals in milk make it an important part of a healthful diet for people of all ages. They argue that milk’s benefits include weight loss, strengthening bones, improved cardiovascular and oral health, cancer prevention, and relief of PMS.

Opponents of milk argue that it contributes to obesity, calcium deficiency, allergies, heart disease, cancer, and other health ailments. They argue that claims regarding milk's benefits are merely advertising campaigns designed to promote dairy sales and that many nutritious alternatives to cow's milk exist.

Core Question
Top 10 Pros & Cons
Did You Know?
Historical Timeline
Comments
Milk Video

Milk is one of the most popular beverages in the United States. We have been told it "does a body good," but some scientific studies have found that contrary to popular belief, drinking milk may do more harm to our bodies than good.

Proponents of milk say calcium and other vitamins and minerals in milk make it an important part of a healthful diet for people of all ages. They argue that milk’s benefits include weight loss, strengthening bones, improved cardiovascular and oral health, cancer prevention, and relief of PMS.

Opponents of milk argue that it contributes to obesity, calcium deficiency, allergies, heart disease, cancer, and other health ailments. They argue that claims regarding milk's benefits are merely advertising campaigns designed to promote dairy sales and that many nutritious alternatives to cow's milk exist.


Milk ProCon.org is a nonpartisan, nonprofit website that presents research, studies, and pro and con statements usually related to pasteurized cow's milk and its effect on human health.


Pros & Cons by Category
CORE QUESTION
General Background
Organic & Raw Milk
Homogenized Milk
Flavored Milk
Non-Dairy Milk
Calcium
Vitamins & Minerals in Milk
Lactose Intolerance
Osteoporosis, Anemia, PMS, and ADHD
Infant Health and Early Puberty
Bones and Teeth
Weight Loss
Cancer, Heart Disease, and Diabetes
Government Statutes & Orders
Milk in Schools
Milk & the US Economy
Milk Advertising Campaigns
Environmental Issues
Pus
Cloning
Artificial Bovine Growth Hormone
Notices for Milk and Other ProCon.org Information (archived after 30 days)
Updated: Raw Milk Laws State-by-State
4/26/2016 - 20 states prohibit the sale of raw milk for human consumption; 13 states permit the sale of raw milk in retail stores; and 17 states permit the sale of raw milk on only on the farm on which it was produced. Our updated resource details the raw milk laws in all 50 states.

Best of Enemies Film Discussion Guide
4/21/2016 - The televised debates between Gore Vidal and William F. Buckley during the 1968 political conventions are explored in this award-winning documentary. Use our discussion guide to spark a thought-provoking conversation – in your classroom or your living room – about American politics, past and present.

NEW ProCon.org Website! – Should the Federal Minimum Wage Be Increased?
3/31/2016 - Our 55th website explores the pros and cons in the debate over increasing the minimum wage. The federal minimum wage was introduced in the 1930s by President Roosevelt and has been increased by Congress 22 times, most recently in 2009 to reach its current level of $7.25 an hour. Proponents say the current federal minimum wage is too low for anyone to live on; and that a higher minimum wage will help create jobs, grow the economy, and decrease wage inequality. Opponents say that many businesses cannot afford to pay their workers more and will be forced to close, lay off workers, and reduce hiring; that an increase makes it more difficult for low-skilled workers with little or no experience to find jobs; and that low-income communities are disproportionately harmed by wage raises at the federal level.


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