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Diet Myths Debunked

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The No-Dairy Diet

The Myth: Milk is for kids. Lots of adults are allergic to it, anyway.

The Truth: You'll lose a good source of calcium and vitamin D, two nutrients that are a must for strong bones and teeth and for preventing PMS. The latest research also suggests that D protects against cancer, diabetes, gum disease, multiple sclerosis, and arthritis.

The Fix: "There's so much misinformation about dairy," says Suzanne Girard Eberle, RD, author of Endurance Sports Nutrition, who sees lots of cases of self-diagnosed milk allergies and lactose intolerance. Truth is, very few adults are allergic to milk. If you suspect you are, see a board-certified allergist, who may recommend a skin or blood test. If the results are positive, add orange juice and soy milk fortified with calcium and vitamin D to your diet, as well as canned salmon or sardines, to meet your RDA of 1,000 milligrams and 200 international units, respectively. If you're truly lactose intolerant, swap regular milk for lactose-reduced. But don't give up yogurt and cheese -- they contain less lactose and are generally better tolerated, explains Eberle.

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irbim315 wrote:

I just finished "Wheat Belly" by R. Davis. I find his argument for wheat-free much more cogent that yours.

8/17/2013 04:28:33 PM Report Abuse
chrisdietric wrote:

You don't need an expert to look at the nutrition labels of dairy milk and almond milk. Which has cholesterol, saturated fat and LESS calcium? Yes dairy milk.

1/1/2013 09:17:16 PM Report Abuse
anonymous wrote:

What a lame article! I hate it when so called "experts" try to scare people into believing they need to eat meat & dairy to be healthy. One paragraph talks about lack of iron in a meat/dairy free diet and then goes on to a long list of fruits, vegetables, and whole grains to "fix" the problem. I have to wonder about the author's connection to the meat/dairy industry.

8/9/2012 09:24:55 AM Report Abuse
ivanzbecker wrote:

Right - eat healthy. Period. You don't need gluten to survive. And I have experienced a huge reduction in inflammation since I removed it from my diet.

4/11/2012 02:32:12 PM Report Abuse
ctovar0726 wrote:

Eliminating dairy from your diet does not mean that you won't consume enough calcium. Silk (soymilk), for example, has more calcium per serving than cow's milk. On top of that, Silk, or other non-dairy milk, has no antibiotics. I don't see how not consuming dairy can be bad for you.

12/13/2011 05:34:22 PM Report Abuse

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