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In the Vegetarian & Vegan News...
   Stephen Walsh | VegSource Interactive, Inc.

The fat of the land: is it killing us?

London, England

April 11, 2002 -- For many years consumers have attempted to safeguard their health by selecting reduced fat milks. Despite this, dairy products other than butter contribute as much fat to the food supply now as they did forty years ago. The dairy industry has sold the reduced fat products at the same price as the whole fat products and then pumped the cheap unwanted fat back into the population via other foodstuffs. To quote Prof. Walter Willett, the most eminent nutritional epidemiologist in the world,

"once a cow is milked, the fat from that milk is in the food supply and someone ends up drinking or eating it".

In the UK, 5% of total calories still come from saturated milk fat - half the official recommended maximum intake of saturated fat. Yet the dairy industry continues to make health claims for its products.


 



In attempting to square the circle between pushing dairy fat and making health claims, the UK Dairy Council has spun itself into the realms of fantasy with claims that "milk itself does not raise blood cholesterol" and "regular milk drinkers do not increase their risk of heart disease".

Such claims are based on wishful thinking and selective citation. Scientific studies which the Dairy Council chooses to ignore have shown:

If the 5% of total calories currently coming from dairy products as saturated fat were replaced by largely unsaturated fats such as olive oil and nuts and seeds, a 40% decrease in heart disease would be expected.

In a study of 80,000 nurses, women drinking 2 glasses of whole milk a day had 67% more risk of heart disease than women drinking no whole milk.

Ulcer patients treated with a high dairy diet were found to have more than double the incidence of heart attacks of other patients.

For details of these and other studies, see www.vegansociety.com/downloads/dairychallenge (requires free Adobe Acrobat Reader)

The addition of dairy products to a diet based on Vegan Society recommendations can only damage your health, but don’t take our word for it: ask the Dairy Council for its response to the Vegan Society’s challenge.

Contacts:
Dairy Council: info@dairycouncil.org.uk, 0207 499 7822, www.milk.co.uk
Vegan Society: Stephen Walsh PhD (stephenwalsh@vegans.fsnet.co.uk), 07967
361510, www.vegansociety.com

 

 

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