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MILK AND ANTIBIOTICS: IS YOUR MILK SAFE?
Are there antibiotics in the milk you buy at the grocery store? The answer is no. IT'S ILLEGAL -Stringent and mandatory testing ensures that the milk at your grocery store never contains antibiotics. All milk, both conventional and organic, are antibiotic free.
Why are some containers of milk labeled "antibiotic free" and others aren't? It's just a labeling thing. Nothing more, nothing less. Some brands choose to use the label, others don't. Even if milk isn't labeled "antibiotic free," you can feel confident that all milk is free of antibiotics.
Milk is tested for antibiotics at each stage of the delivery process — at the farm, before it is transported, and again at the dairy processing facility. Each of these tests determines that milk does not contain antibiotics. It is because of these rigorous testing standards that milk is one of the safest food products you can buy. THERE ARE STRICT FINANCIAL AND REGULATORY PENALTIES FOR FARMERS IF THEIR MILK DOES NOT PASS THESE TESTS.
MILK AND HORMONES: ARE HORMONES ADDED TO MILK?
Hormones are chemical messengers produced naturally in both animal and plant foods– from celery to salmon. Because of this, there are no “hormone-free” foods, including milk. Hormones are never added to milk. Milk is one of the simplest foods you can buy. Many hormones are proteins, so when they’re eaten as a part of foods, enzymes in the gastrointestinal tract digest them, which stops their biological activity in the body. Therefore, naturally occurring hormones in milk are not a health concern.
DAIRY AND PUBERTY: DOES DAIRY CAUSE EARLY PUBERTY?
Speculations that hormones in milk might be the cause of early puberty in children has led to misconceptions about milk that current science does not support. There is no conclusive evidence that drinking milk or eating other dairy foods (or any particular food) is associated with early puberty.
DAIRY AND CANCER: DOES DAIRY INCREASE CANCER RISKS?
There is no credible evidence that consumption of milk or other dairy products plays a role in the etiology of cancers such as those of the prostate and breast. In fact, some studies indicate that dairy intake may reduce the risk of cancer.
ORGANIC MILK: IS IT HEALTHIER THAN REGULAR MILK?
No. There is no scientific evidence that organic food, including milk, is superior with regard to food safety or nutrition. Organic and regular milk contains the same nine essential nutrients that make dairy products an important part of a healthy diet.
WEIGHT GAIN: DOES DAIRY CAUSE WEIGHT GAIN?
Increased consumption of dairy foods as part of a reduced-calorie diet may help promote weight loss. In a 24-week study of obese adults, those who consumed a reduced-calorie diet with 3 to 4 servings of dairy foods lost a greater percentage of body weight than those taking calcium supplements and those in a low dairy or low-calcium group.