“Osteoporosis is caused by a number of things, one of the most important being too much dietary protein”
New Zealander’s eat large amounts of dairy foods.
New Zealander’s have some of the highest osteoporosis rates.
If you want to put on weight, any dietitian will tell you to “drink milk, eat more cheese, have ice cream” etc… The average New Zealander consumes more than 270kg of dairy products every year; 190kg cow’s milk and cream, 31kg of various milk fats, 13kg of cheese and a massive 22kg of ice cream! And we all wonder why we are all getting bigger? Remember; osteoporosis rates are MUCH HIGHER in the overweight and obese.
“The correspondence between excess animal protein intake and bone resorption is direct and consistent. Even with very high calcium intakes, the more excess animal protein in the diet the greater the incidence of negative calcium balance, and the greater the loss of calcium from the bones. One long-term study found that with as little as 75 grams of daily protein (less than three-quarters of what the average meat-eating American consumes) more calcium is lost in the urine than is absorbed by the body from the diet – resulting in a negative calcium balance. This is true even if the dietary calcium intake is as high as 1400 milligrams per day, far higher than the standard American diet”
Robbins, J 1987, Diet for a new America..
The most overweight children in the world drink cow’s milk formula
In these children who were studied, 38.6% of cow’s milk formula-fed boys were found to be obese at 15 months, compared to just 23.4% of breast-fed boys. The most obese children in the world are American Samoan children. Those children drinking cow’s milk formula had almost DOUBLE the rates of obesity¹. Dairy foods were again found to NOT lower stress fractures in girls².
“I would like to emphasize that the calcium-losing effect of protein on the human body is not an area of controversy in scientific circles. The many studies performed during the past 55 years consistently show that the most important dietary change that we can make if we want to create a positive calcium balance that will keep our bones solid is to decrease the amount of proteins we eat each day”
Dr. John McDougall, one of America’s leading medical authorities on dietary associations with disease.
- American Samoa childhood obesity rates data from the Alpert Medical School at Brown University study of 800 babies born in American Samoa between 2001 and 2008. The researchers found that 23.3% of boys and 16.7% of girls were obese by 15 months of age. The study of the babies carried in the womb to around 37-42 weeks also found a further 16.1% of boys and 14% of girls were overweight. The study sees a link between cow’s milk and obesity in boys, with 38.6% of cow’s milk formula-fed boys found to be obese at 15 months, compared to 23.4% of breast-fed boys being obese. As reported by abc.net.au on May 22, 2013.
- Study by Sonneville KR, et al. “Vitamin D, calcium, and dairy intakes and stress fractures among female adolescents” as published on Monday March 5, 2012 in the Archives of Pediatrics & Adolescent Medicine 2012; DOI: 10.1001/archpediatrics.2012.5. Kendrin R. Sonneville, ScD, RD, of Children’s Hospital Boston, and colleagues reported that dairy intake had no impact on stress fracture risk. These results, along with most other cross-sectional, retrospective, and prospective studies, suggest that additional calcium intake beyond some minimal threshold doesn’t help early bone health. In the Growing Up Today Study, an ongoing cohort study of the adolescent children of women in the Nurses’ Health Study, seven years of follow up turned up stress fractures in 4% of the 6,712 girls, ages 9 to 15, at baseline. While the mean 1,182-mg daily intake of calcium didn’t meet the recommended 1,300 mg for girls this age, girls in the highest intake quintile were no less likely than those in the lowest quintile to develop a stress fracture (hazard ratio 1.57, 95% CI, 0.77 to 3.17). Likewise, there was no trend for benefit from higher intake of dairy (P=0.82). Girls who took in three or more servings a day were no less likely to develop a stress fracture than those who ate no dairy (HR 1.02, 95% CI 0.65 to 1.61). The higher the vitamin D intake, the lower the girls’ stress fracture tended to be in the fully adjusted model (P=0.07 for trend). Stratifying by activity level, girls getting the most vitamin D while participating in at least an hour of high-impact exercise were at a significant 52% lower stress risk than those getting the least vitamin D (P=0.04 for trend). Dairy had no impact in that analysis. The new study was funded by Children’s Hospital and the National Institutes of Health. As reported by MedPage Today and Foxnews.com on March 6, 2012.
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