Originally Posted by cornsail
I agree with the environmental/ethical reasons.
I'm pretty sure growth hormones in milk have nothing to do with making people fat. 300 calories is 300 calories, whether it be milk calories, soy milk calories, fruit calories or whatever.
Fatty food != food that makes you fat. I agree that eating too much saturated fat is probably unhealthy, but not for that reason. You can eat too much saturated fat and not gain weight for example.
Any diet significantly lower in calories should result in weight loss, regardless of whether it includes dairy.
I didn't lose weight and wasn't trying to lose weight when I gave up dairy, BTW. I gained a bit if anything.
I agree it's about consuming less calories if you want to lose weight, that's what the article was saying. Extra calories and fat add up. They didn't suggest that calories from milk are special in any way, they said 300 extra calories a day is a real issue for Americans trying to control their weight.
If you replace the fat and calories from milk with other things then yeah you're not going to lose weight, but then I don't think anyone suggested otherwise.
Anywho, I agree with VeggieMuffin that the most important reason to stop consuming dairy is ethical. Cows milk is meant for baby cows.
Edited to add: Apparently the National Dairy Council promotes milk as a weight loss tool when the reverse has been shown to be true. Check out this study: http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn...060601348.html
For the study, Berkey and her colleagues analyzed data collected from about 12,829 children from all 50 states who were ages 9 to 14 in 1996, when they began participating in the Growing Up Today Study, an ongoing project examining the relationship between diet, exercise and a host of health issues.
The researchers examined the relationship between the children's milk intake between 1996 and 1999 and their weight over a one-year period. Those who drank more than three eight-ounce servings of milk a day gained the most weight, even after the researchers took into consideration factors such as physical activity, other dietary factors and growth. The association held, even though most of the children were drinking low-fat milk.
"That was surprising," Berkey said. "Apparently this applies to any kind of milk."