Last updated on: 1/9/2008 | Author: ProCon.org

Ruth Kava, PhD, RD Biography

Title:
Director of Nutrition at the American Council on Science and Health (ACSH)
Position:
Pro to the question "Is Drinking Milk Healthy for Humans?"
Reasoning:

“Milk is a nutritious food. It is an excellent source of calcium, phosphorus, riboflavin, and vitamin D and a good source of protein, vitamin A, potassium, and several B vitamins. Milk and foods made from milk (yogurt and cheese) make up one of the five basic food groups included in the U.S. government’s Food Guide Pyramid. The Pyramid calls for two to three servings from this group daily.”

“What’s the Story? The Role of Milk in Your Diet,” available on the ACSH website (accessed June 1, 2001)

Theoretical Expertise Ranking:
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Individuals with PhDs, MDs, or equivalent advanced degrees in fields relevant to milk. Also top-level government officials (such as foreign leaders, US presidents, Founding Fathers, Supreme Court Justices, members of legislative bodies, cabinet members, military leaders, etc.) with positions relevant to milk.
Involvement and Affiliations:
  • Director of Nutrition, American Council on Science and Health, 1995-present
  • Former Assistant Director, Obesity Research Center Animal Model Laboratory, Vassar College
  • Published articles about nutrition in journals such as Diabetes, Journal of Nutrition, and American Journal of Physiology
  • Member, American Society for Nutritional Sciences
  • Member, American Dietetic Association
  • Member, North American Association for the Study of Obesity
Education:
  • RD (registered dietitian), 1995
  • PhD, Human Nutrition, Columbia University, 1984
  • MS, Human Nutrition, Columbia University, 1978
  • BA, Zoology, University of Kansas, 1969
Other:
  • None found
Quoted in:
  1. Is It Misleading to Label Milk as Free of the Artificial Growth Hormone rBST/rBGH?
  2. Is Raw Milk More Healthful Than Pasteurized Milk?
  3. Is Drinking Milk Healthy for Humans?