Big Dairy Leans on the Government, Sells Us Junk

Do you think the government should be supporting dairy?

Tons of unhealthy dairy junk food gets through the new junk food guidelines set up by the government! These guidelines try to deal with the declining health and poor diet in the United States. The government ends up propping up the dairy industry because the dairy industry has convinced everyone that all milk and dairy products are nutritious.

Public health advocate Michele Simon has created a stir with her detailed report:  ‘Whitewashed: How Industry and Government Promote Dairy Junk Foods’. She highlights how there has been a big shift from plain milk to dairy products filled with sugar, fat, and salt.

Here is an example of what her report says:

  • “About half of all milk is consumed either as flavored milk, with cereal, or in a drink;
  • Nearly half of the milk supply goes to make about 9 billion pounds of cheese and 1.5 billion gallons of frozen desserts–two-thirds of which is ice cream;
  • 11 percent of all sugar goes into the production of dairy products.”

Chocolate milk is NOT a health food.

Today, most milk, cheese, yogurt, and milk products are not healthy foods because they are full of sugar and saturated fat. It is possible this sugar and fat are major factors in the obesity epidemic, especially among children.

Does that sound at all healthy?

What’s worse is how the government is supporting the dairy industry with its National Fluid Milk Processor Promotion Program. The government runs a “dairy checkoff program.” It collects 15 cents for every hundredweight of milk sold or used in dairy products. The money is then used to promote milk and cheese. It is paid for by dairy farmers through checkoff fees, but run by the USDA.

There is no way that the “checkoff” program is here to promote childhood health. Here are a couple of examples of what it really is doing:

  • This USDA program helped Taco Bell introduce its double steak quesadilla of 750 calories, full of saturated fat and 78 percent of the recommended daily allowance of sodium. Taco Bell then achieved a 4 percent increase in dairy sales.
  • Dominos added more cheese and benefited from a $35 million partnership with the dairy checkoff program.

You would almost expect the dairy industry to promote its junk food as healthy. The actual U.S. government supporting these products, on the other hand, is shameful!

We have been told that this pizza with its gooey cheese is healthy!

The big question is: how important are dairy products for the health of children and adults?

Research indicates milk is not all it has been hyped up to be.

The Physicians Committee For Responsible Medicine reviewed this research in its Health Concerns about Dairy Products. Those concerns included:

1. Bone Health

Research shows that dairy products have little or no benefit for bones, neither the bone integrity in children,nor to decrease the  fracture risk in adults. (Harvard Nurses’ Health Study). The link between dairy calcium and healthy bones is not there.

The healthy bones and milk connection has been seriously questioned by research.

2. Cholesterol

Dairy products (cheese, ice cream, milk, butter, and yogurt) contribute significant amounts of cholesterol and saturated fat to the diet. The cholesterol content of three glasses of milk is equal to what one would get from 53 slices of bacon.

3. Cancer

Dairy products have been linked to higher risk of Prostate cancer and breast cancer.

4.  Lactose Intolerance

Symptoms of lactose intolerance include gastrointestinal distress, diarrhea, and flatulence due to the lack of the enzyme lactase to digest the milk sugar lactose. Lactose intolerance is more common than we realize95 percent of Asian-Americans, 74 percent of Native Americans, 70 percent of African-Americans, 53 percent of Mexican-Americans, and 15 percent of Caucasians.

Milk is not just milk anymore.

5. Contaminants

Milk is full of naturally occurring and synthetic hormones which can affect normal hormonal function.

6. Milk Proteins and Diabetes

Type 1 diabetes is linked to consumption of dairy products in infancy. American Academy of Pediatrics found up to a 30 percent reduction of type 1 diabetes in infants who did not have cow’s milk protein for the first three months of their lives.

7. Health Concerns for Children and Babies

Feeding a baby cow’s milk is not recommended. Up to 28 percent of infants suffer from colic during the first month of life.  Breastfeeding mothers can have colicky babies if the mothers consume cow’s milk.
Also, food allergies are common in children who have been given cow’s milk.

You can get your calcium and overall nutrients from a variety of vegetables, fruits, nuts and seeds.

Why Bother With Milk?

The Physicians Committee suggests something that we at Real Food For Life strongly agree with … that you  can easily get your nutrients, including calcium from eating lots of vegetables, fruits, gluten free grains, and nuts and seeds.

Leafy vegetables that contain vitamin K, like kale, spinach, broccoli and cabbage also contain calcium!

All my tasty recipes at Real Food for Life are dairy free, gluten freesugar free and vegan.

Try Almond Milk: Healthy Dairy Free Alternative


Christine Jones
Christine J2 years ago

I've noticed a sharp increase in dairy advertising that acknowledges that many people feel unwell after drinking milk. Their solution is to market all sorts of products with added guff in them, or different proteins, etc. To me it's simple. If drinking milk makes you feel bad, either physically or ethically or both, try something else. There are so many alternatives. It's fun to try all the different oat/rice/soy/coconut/hemp milks and find your favourite.

Fi T.
Past Member 3 years ago

Always check before believing

Charmaine C.
Charmaine C3 years ago

Thanks for the article.

We haven't drunk milk in many years. We eat plenty of dark green leafy vegetables and use Hemp 'milk' instead of dairy. Ice cream can be made from the most delicious ingredients that have never been near any cows and does not contain lots of added sugar and fats. Yes, we do need some fat in our diet but there are better ways of getting this vital nutrient other than via the consumption of dairy.

Teresa W.
Teresa W3 years ago

As long as money rules the world...

Heidi Aubrey
Heidi Aubrey3 years ago

Naw. I like milk in my coffee with a splash of cream.

I buy organic milk. As far as the saturated fat thing, what do you think cavemen ate?

They cherished the fat most of all.

Fat is flavor and IT IS NOT associated with arterial plaque formation in the least as long as it is consumed normally within a person's diet.

Cheese sticks(mozzarella) is a great filling snack vs. the nearly water like consistency of almond milk or skim milk. It is also a good source of complete proteins.

Slava R.
Slava R3 years ago


Marianne R.
Marianne R3 years ago

thank you

Mari 's
Mari 's3 years ago

We don't need to be using breast milk from an animal when we have many other better options. This is animal abuse. I agree that this article is very biased as well. Do I have to say Almond milk/Silk too. Also many other options also.

Cupid L.
Past Member 3 years ago

When I read that "11 percent of all sugar goes into the production of dairy products.” it makes me unhappy to think that the government is supporting that.

Aaron Bouchard
Aaron Bouchard3 years ago

Thank you