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9 Facts on Drinking Milk From a Nondrinker

Got health questions about milk, of all kinds? Chanda Guerin has answers. A health and nutrition education masters of science candidate who enjoys yoga, hiking and farmers’ markets, Chanda is also a food blogger and child nutrition enthusiast. Her recipes, rants about current diet trends, and lusty thoughts of Cheetos and Pepsi can be found at LoveandAPinchofSalt.com.
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I had a choice of four topics for a recent grad school research paper, and I chose the topic I knew least about: milk. It’s one of those nutrition controversies in which people tend to adamantly take one side or the other, like soy and eating meat.
I don’t like the taste, smell or consistency of milk and have scarring childhood memories of having to sit at the table until my glass was empty. Tepid milk is far worse than cold milk, so it was in my best interest to chug and take a green bean chaser. I ordered a couple books that are written by raw milk farmers, one that actually called milk the “devil” in the title, and used the USDA and FDA guidelines as a reference. People are very emotionally attached to their milk or lack thereof. For me, I just abstain from cheese-topped fries to avoid one less pimple, and try not to gag when people drink milk in front of me. But with the whole future nutritionist thing going on, I figured I should be able to answer questions about milk should someone ask. Should you drink milk? Decide what’s best for you and your body, morals and well-being — and check out the facts I’ve researched.

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  1. Michelle K says:

    Hello,
    Note that while you didn’t find any instances of raw milk sicknesses or death, if you search journalism databases like LexisNexis, AP, BBC newswire, your results would have pulled sicknesses resulting from raw milk. Here are two examples:
    http://www.startribune.com/lifestyle/blogs/213027941.html
    http://minnesota.cbslocal.com/2013/05/20/mdh-25-in-minnesota-sickened-over-raw-cheese/
    Lumping sickness/death together in your article allows the reader to assume neither have occurred due to raw milk consumption. That is inaccurate.