Is Drinking Milk Healthy for Humans?

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.




PROS & CONS BY CATEGORY
CORE QUESTION

General Background

Organic & Raw Milk

Homogenized Milk

Flavored Milk

Artificial Bovine Growth Hormone

Pus

Vitamins, Calcium, & Other Minerals in Milk

Bones and Teeth

Lactose Intolerance

Cancer, Heart Disease, ADHD, PMS, and Anemia







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How Big Is the Milk Industry?
7/5/2018 - Total US milk production was valued at $38.1 billion in 2017. Sales of skim milk declined 36% between 2012 and 2016 while sales of full-fat flavored and whole milk were up 18% and 7%. See our new research to find more interesting facts.

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Last updated on 7/6/2018 9:31:39 AM PST

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.



PROS & CONS BY CATEGORY
CORE QUESTION

General Background

Organic & Raw Milk

Homogenized Milk

Flavored Milk

Artificial Bovine Growth Hormone

Pus

Vitamins, Calcium, & Other Minerals in Milk

Bones and Teeth

Lactose Intolerance

Cancer, Heart Disease, ADHD, PMS, and Anemia

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Notices for Milk and Other ProCon.org Information (archived after 30 days)
50 Lesson Plan Ideas Using ProCon.org
7/16/2018 - We're excited to announce 50 free lesson plan ideas for educators! Visit our Teachers' Corner for inspiration, including lessons plans about distinguishing fact from opinion, how to write a "call-to-action" letter, and content from our partner Credo Reference.

How Big Is the Milk Industry?
7/5/2018 - Total US milk production was valued at $38.1 billion in 2017. Sales of skim milk declined 36% between 2012 and 2016 while sales of full-fat flavored and whole milk were up 18% and 7%. See our new research to find more interesting facts.

Archived Notices

Last updated on 7/6/2018 9:31:39 AM PST