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.




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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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Top 10 Pro & Con Arguments: Milk
10/25/2018 - Have you ever wondered: What do doctors say about drinking milk? Should flavored milk be served in schools? Or if there really is pus in milk? Learn about the pros and cons of these and more milk-related questions in our updated Top 10 resource.

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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.



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)
Top 10 Pro & Con Arguments: Milk
10/25/2018 - Have you ever wondered: What do doctors say about drinking milk? Should flavored milk be served in schools? Or if there really is pus in milk? Learn about the pros and cons of these and more milk-related questions in our updated Top 10 resource.

Archived Notices

Last updated on 10/25/2018 10:10:28 AM PST