“…hip fractures are more frequent in populations where dairy products are commonly consumed and calcium intakes are relatively high”
Dr. Mark Hegsted, Harvard Professor, 1986.
World Health Organisation statistics show the highest rates of osteoporosis all occur in those countries with the highest dairy food intake, such as the USA, Germany, the UK, Australia, NZ and the Scandinavian countries. This has been well documented since the 1950s.
Most people on planet earth do not eat commercial dairy products
Only a minority of the world’s population consumes large amounts of dairy foods and they are the group with the biggest osteoporosis problem. Around 70% of the world’s population does not drink daily cow’s milk or consume dairy products, and their bone health for the most part is fine, and their osteoporosis rates have historically been low. Vast amounts of people in Central America, China, Poland, Asia and Africa consume practically no dairy foods at all and have very low osteoporosis rates.
“Countries with the highest rates of osteoporosis, such as the United States, England, and Sweden, consume the most milk. China and Japan, where people eat much less protein and dairy food, have low rates of osteoporosis”
Nutrition Action, 1993.
Japan’s healthy bones are taking a tumble
Until the 20th century high-fat dairy products were unheard of in Japan, as there were no dairy or meat cows in the country. Even as late as the 1960s ice cream was deemed too rich to eat. Japan had almost zero dairy food consumption until 50 years ago. The Japanese have historically had 40% fewer hip fractures than we have and they barely consumed 30% of the calcium levels we do. As the Japanese diet has changed to more processed foods and dairy foods, so too has the incidence of osteoporosis increased.
How about kid’s bones and cow’s milk then?
A review published in the March 2005 issue of Pediatrics by senior nutrition scientist Amy Joy Lanou, Ph.D., found little scientific evidence to support the claim that drinking cow’s milk helps children grow strong bones. Every credible study on dairy products on bone integrity in children, adolescents and young adults published since 1966 (58 in all), were reviewed. The researchers found no relationship between dairy intake and bone health. No evidence was found to support the notion that milk is a preferred source of calcium. Dairy foods were also found to NOT lower stress fractures in girls.
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 Medicine2012; DOI: 10.1001/archpediatrics.2012.5.
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