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Milk Essay

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Would you drink something that you knew was dirty and contaminated? Milk is often thought of a comfort food. Though, how much does one really know about this beverage? When milk has been passed around the breakfast table in almost every household in America, there is little debate about our nation’s favorite drink. However, often times things are sold to us to make a profit, rather than taking into consideration the actual health benefits, or detriments. If one sees a billboard for something advertised as undesirable and unappetizing, the likelihood is that they would not buy this product. Yet, many products that are both of these things are advertised as the opposite. The merits of milk are not as predominant as advertised by those selling it. When it is produced in unsafe and unethical manors, it is not difficult to believe that it is not as faultless as it seems. In conclusion, milk is not the superior beverage that it is sold and publicized to be.

Milk has always been advertised as a ‘wonder food’, but contrary to this widely shared belief, milk isn’t as wonderful as people make it out to be. The article “The Milk Letter: A Message to My Patients” by Robert Kradjian MD describes how milk is an exaggerated superfood. In his report, he mentions reading several articles from many researchers and doctors published between 1988 and 1993 about the health benefits and detriments of milk. After reading Robert states, “They [the articles] were only slightly less than horrifying… None of the authors spoke of milk as an excellent food…” In American society, milk is described as a “perfect drink”, and this belief is widely accepted. This opinion had been created by people trying to sell it, such as The American Dairy Association. However, if 4% of cow’s milk is blood, certainly there are other things lurking within the angelic white drink. Along with blood, there are pesticides, bovine antibiotics, and somatic cells, which are more commonly known as pus. What’s more, the FDA allows this. There is an upper acceptable limit of somatic cells of around 750 million cells per liter. All of this information leads to the question of why farmers, the American Dairy Association, and the FDA alike omit the important details that unquestionably should be provided to consumers. Milk is not as perfect a beverage as it has been made out to be, and people have the right to know.
Our bodies have daily nutritional requirements that can be met in many different ways. Calcium is one of those nutrients. The average teenager needs 1300 mg of calcium per day, as calcium provides so much for our bodies. It is a mineral that our bodies use to maintain strong bones and bone development. In addition, it is used to to help muscles, and for messages to be carried by nerves between the brain and the rest of the body. It has many other functions including the release of hormones and enzymes that affect most functions in our bodies. Yet, many...

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