EQ: Is drinking milk healthy for humans? (Matt N-TOPIC 2)

EQ: Is drinking milk healthy for humans?
BACKGROUND: Milk is one of the most popular drinks for everyday intake for health purposes. Milk is known for its calcium which helps build strong bones and helps cardiovascular health. Drinking milk prevents osteoporosis which leaves the body with fragile bones. Other researchers have been saying that milk is cancerous and can lead to calcium deficiency and obesity. It is said that milk is bad for allergies and the only reason it’s spoken good about is because companies are trying to advertise their products to be sold because there are other alternatives than cow’s milk.
MY CLAIM: Milk is healthy for humans to drink. If it was cancerous, we wouldn’t be drinking it every day and it wouldn’t be on the food pyramid. Without milk, we would all develop osteoporosis unless we all took other supplements of calcium. Milk helps cardiovascular and oral health. We‘d have unhealthy bodies without milk because most people won’t buy other supplements of calcium other than milk. Obesity cannot be an outcome of milk. People who are obese is, for the most part, due to their intake on meat and sweet/junk food, not milk. Arguing about milk being bad for allergies is an invalid argument because every person has a different allergy and if that argument is used, then every food that we eat would be considered harmful since many people are allergic to them.
SUPPORT: A researcher who wrote about the harm milk does to your body was diagnosed with osteoporosis. Her doctor told her to drink a lot of milk and take Fosamax. The researcher did none of the two because she said that they were both harmful to her. So, she is basically talking about how she does not drink milk because it’s bad for her bones, when she’s the one who was diagnosed with osteoporosis, how ironic (“Debunking The Milk Myth: Why Milk Is Bad For You and Your Bones”, saveourbones.com). Milk contains other important nutrients such as protein, carbohydrates, vitamins, minerals, and fat. Lactose gives energy to the body which is found in carbohydrates (“Why is Milk Good for Your Health?”, nestle-family.com).

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5 responses to “EQ: Is drinking milk healthy for humans? (Matt N-TOPIC 2)

  1. Anthony Cain

    I agree that Milk is important for helping make people healthier, but do you really think that her not drinking milk and taking the medicine are the only reasons that she had been diagnosed with osteoporosis?

    • Matt Nichols

      Yes, because the amount of calcium needed to build strong bones and prevent osteoporosis is in milk. So if she would have regularly been drinking milk, she wouldn’t have been diagnosed with it.

  2. Kenneth Nevarez

    I agree, milk definitely has its positive aspects, and although I personally do not drink it much I realize its importance in a balanced diet. Your argument is structured well and you dispose of any opposition well. Some support for why milk is important would be that “Milk contains nine essential nutrients, making it one of the most nutrient-rich beverages you can enjoy. Just one 8-ounce serving of milk puts you well on your way to meeting the Daily Value (recommended intake for those on a 2,000 calorie diet) for calcium, riboflavin and other key nutrients…” as the National Dairy Council stated in its fact sheet “Milk’s Unique Nutrient Package,” available at http://www.nationaldairycouncil.org (accessed Jan. 16, 2009):

    • Matt Nichols

      Thanks for the input, the other information that you included was helpful as well. Also, drink more milk, it’s good for you.

  3. reginaldnae wingfield

    I agree with your claim, have you ever heard the quote “milk does a body good”; therefore milk is healthy and people who don’t like it are just haters.

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