Here is how much milk that the US Government recommends that you and your children consume every day:
Aside from the fact that the US Government doesn’t exactly have a great history of getting the recommended daily allowances correct (go check out what was on the 1950s “choosemyplate” plate and compare it to what scientists know), I don’t actually know many people who drink 3 cups of milk per day. That’s 24 ounces – well more than a pint of milk.
- These recommendations are out now, but milk consumption in the US has been in a decline over the entire course of my life.
- I find charts like this incredibly insensitive, borderline creepy, but totally incoherent. No longer are we to be thought of as individuals, but merely hunks of meat that can be blandly represented by what “group” we are in. Are people of all physical characteristics supposed to drink the same amount of milk? If you are 6′ 8″ and 280 lbs? If you are 5’4″ and 160 lbs? If you are lactose intolerant? So much for celebrating the individual. Now don’t go telling me there is a tiny disclaimer somewhere on the site or on the charts, the chart gets the play, that CYA stuff just doesn’t fly.
- I love the “Key Consumer Message” …
- Here’s the real point of today’s post. Go check out how much sugar is in a single cup of milk. That would be 13g. This means that the Government is recommended you drink 39 grams of sugar in the recommended dose of milk. Guess what folks, that’s far more sugar than is to be found in a glass of soda. I love how the linked calculator defaults people to a small 8oz glass of milk but a 21oz. glass of soda to do the comparison. But a 12 ounce can of regular soda (does anyone drink regular anymore anyway?) contains 33 grams of sugar. So while school cafeterias and government food nannies everywhere make it harder to obtain soda and even ban soda outright, they are not only recommended but in many cases SUBSIDIZING and providing for FREE an amount of milk to people that has 18% more sugar than a can of soda. Now it would be stupid of me to ask, “how the heck do they get away with this?” Or “why would they do this?” The answers should be obvious. Of course there is no reason whatsoever to believe that any of this has to do with concern for the health of people. That gets nominal air-play, but that is meaningless.
- If you want to tell me that the milk is recommended because despite the huge amounts of sugar in milk there are other things in there that the know-it-alls find valuable, I can buy that. But why then milk? Orange juice is fortified with calcium. There are easy to make and take multi-vitamins that can replicate everything that a glass of milk gives you, and they can be given to you with water – so you get ALL of the benefits of milk without the sugar, and without the “environmental impact” that cows have and without having to worry about hormones and any such things in your milk. If we are oh so concerned about people’s health and the health of the planet, how on earth could the government be recommending so much milk consumption? Finally, we can make energy drinks that have less sugar than that, we can make sodas (indeed they are VERY popular) that have less sugar than that, that taste better than that, that are better for the planet, and that replicate the nutritional features that folks want in milk … so why are those not provided freely or subsidized? Again, we know the answers to these questions. I’d love to see folks who, knowing this, still insist we ought to subsidize and promote milk consumption. They’d be akin to … modern climate deniers, no?