holy crap! if you care about your child, you'd better run to the store and get many, many litres of milk! i know the ad is an exaggeration (and it's pretty funny to watch), but is the message really true? is there really "nada como la leche"?
approximately 2/3 of the world's population doesn't drink milk and guess what? they are not crumbling into dusty heaps of broken, weak bones. in fact, osteoporosis isn't as big a problem in asia as it is in north america and they don't even have milk on their recommended daily food guide. gasp! according to the harvard school of public health's info page on calcium and milk:
"For individuals who are unable to digest - or who dislike - dairy products and for those who simply prefer not to consume large amounts of such foods, other options are available. Calcium can also be found in dark green leafy vegetables, such as kale and collard greens, and in dried beans and legumes."
nothing like collards? there's no money in that! the diary industry has decided that mexicans aren't drinking "enough" milk, so the push is on. there's at least one problem with this (from the harvard site):
"Many people have some degree of lactose intolerance. For them, eating or drinking dairy products causes problems like cramping, bloating, gas, and diarrhea. Certain groups are much more likely to have lactose intolerance. For example, 90 percent of Asians, 70 percent of blacks and Native Americans, and 50 percent of Hispanics are lactose-intolerant, compared to only about 15 percent of people of Northern European descent."maybe your children will blow up and explode into pieces after drinking a lot of milk:
okay, by now you know what's going to happen, but it's still gasp and laugh inducing:
i'll give the last word to walter willett, chair of the department of nutrition, at a workshop on milk, hormones, and human health at the harvard club of boston:
"We know that calcium is an essential nutrient, and we have to get it someplace. But it doesn't have to be dairy. We know that kids do grow up in other parts of the world without consuming dairy products, and they have healthy bones.''
i'm just sayin'.