Alright so I saw an ad today for Smart Balance Fat Free Milk that made me a little angry and I’d hate for people to have wrong information because a company wants to sell its product, so I am going to clear up the untrue facts, or should we say “misleading” facts that were given. In the commercial the Smart Balance company claims that 2% milk is an “imposter.” “It’s disguising itself as low in saturated fat, but really it contains more saturated fat than a small order of french fries.” As an alternative, it suggests that you drink its Non Fat milk that is “creamy like %2, and contains added calcium and omega-3’s.” Lets decipher this claim shall we? Milk is %87 percent water; the rest is protein, fat, and lactose. An eight-ounce (250 ml) glass of whole milk (typically %3.5 fat) contains about 9 grams of fat, most of it saturated–about 66. A small order of french fries, lets use McDonald’s because it’s the most universal fast food chain in America, contains 11g of fat, 1.5g of that being saturated fat. So in this order you are getting 43% of your calories from fat, 50.4% from carbs, and 5.2% from protein. So yes, the french fries have less saturated fat…on the surface. Here’s the thing. Saturated fat in milk is good for you. It is the pasteurization that makes it bad for you because it damages these energy burning fats and also increases the polyunsaturated fats which raise LDL. So in a way, they are right, pasteurized 2% milk is not the best thing you should be drinking. But, fat-free milk is not the answer. Industrial (or pasteurized) fat-free or skim milk, and 2% milk must, by law, be fortified with synthetic vitamin A and synthetic vitamin D3. There is evidence that both of these synthetic vitamins are toxic in excess. Also when you pasteurize milk, you kill the white blood cells, which in turn become puss. This sludge sinks to the bottom and to make it all creamy, even, and pretty they homogenize it (or shake it all up so that it never separates again). Disgusting.
On the contrary, Whole milk contains butterfat. Butterfat helps the body digest the protein in milk, and bones require saturated fats to lay down calcium. The cream contains the vital fat-soluble vitamins A and D. Without vitamin D, less than 10% of dietary calcium is absorbed. Whole milk contains glycosphingolipids, fats that protect against gastrointestinal infection. Other good things in whole milk…
- complete protein to build and repair tissues and bones
- vitamin A for heathy skin, eyes, bones, and teeth
- Thiamine to help turn carbs into energy and aid in appetite and growth
- Riboflavin for healthy skin, eyes and nerves
- Niacin for growth and development, healthy nerves, and digestion
- Vitamin B6 to build body tissues, produce antibodies, and prevent heart disease
- Vitamin B12 for healthy red blood cells, nerves, and digestion (also to prevent heart disease)
- Pantothenic acid to turn carbohydrates and fat into energy
- Folic Acid to promote the formation of red blood cells, and prevent birth defects and heart disease
- Calcium to make strong bones and teeth, also aids heart beat, muscle, and nerve function
- Magnesium for strong bones and teeth.
Here is the catch. All of these benefits, plus countless others, exist in RAW milk. Industrial pasteurized milk is an inferior thing. I won’t go so far as to say that you shouldn’t drink it, because it’s a better choice than a soda, or say a small french fry, and in many states you cannot buy raw milk. But, this is why you should investigate the facts on milk. If you want your health to be better, or at least have the choice to better it with raw milk, then go here and fight for it in your community. All of this information was borrowed from Nina Planck’s fantastic book Real Food: What to Eat and Why. I went for years not eating meat, then only eating skinless chicken and everything fat-free and i had no idea how much damage i was doing to my health. This book opened my eyes to real food and what it can do for me and my body. If you care about your health or simply your right to real food, check it out and then take a stand. Do not listen to these ridiculous claims by companies trying to push their food “products” on you. Drinking a glass of milk is NOT the same thing as eating an order of french fries simply because you compare one line of the nutrition facts. There is so much more to this issue and I encourage everyone to eat, and fight for, real food!