ok……so……in america its pretty widely believed that milk is necessary for healthy bones n all that but it!! is!!!! false!!!!!!!!!
it turns out NOBODY needs 2 drink milk (1 in 4 americans cant even digest it!!)…..however…….the american govt has been pushing it for decades and heres why
back in the day (before wwi) ppl didnt even drink milk!! it was really only used to survive long winters when it was difficult to grow crops but around wwi the US government started exporting a ton of milk overseas to soldiers bc condensed milk was easy n safe to send n a lot of farmers got rid of their crops & focused exclusively on dairy bc thats where the Biz was. since as u may or may not know the war is what brought the usa out of the great depression….the economy shifted entirely towards supplying the war !
however AFTERWARDS the demand for milk dried up but instead of producing less and letting their excess go to waste the dairy industry decided to convince ppl to drink MORE
“milk/dairy education” campaigns were launched to promote the idea that milk is essential for healthy bones but ITS NOT TRU!!! IN FACT…..a swedish study posted in the british medical journal in 2014 found that not only is there no correlation between stronger bones and milk consumption…..and in fact found that in both women and ben higher milk consumption correlated with higher rates of death, and in women who consumed more milk the rates of bone fracture were actually higher. that study followed another large study from 2005 which examined 70k+ nurses and showed milk had no protective benefit against fractures
SO ANYWAY during the 1940s and 50s THERE WAS STILL too much milk so the govt started buying it up and sending it to the military, schools, and foreign countries as food aid (it was at this time “american cheese” n shit was created as well…..all bc of the surplus of dairy)
by the 1980s the govt was spending $2bil a year on excess milk!!! during the reagan administration however the milk buying program was finally stopped and the dairy industry was Freakin Pissed
they fought back by convincing congress to pass a law in which dairy farmers had to pay a Mandatory fee to fund pro-milk advertisement campaigns. the fees also paid for partnerships with large restaurant and food corps to sell dairy heavy menu items (like dominos pizza w 40% more cheese!!)
BUT REMEMBER THE USDA (united states department of agriculture)??? they not only set dietary guidelines……theyre also in charge of most nuitrition-related public campaigns!!! those same ppl tellin u what u should eat……..theyre also the ones in charge of a multimillion dollar campaign to get you to eat cheese pizza (1 slice = 2/3 of a days max recommended amt of saturated fat)
there r A LOT of other foods that provide the same amount or more of calcium, potassium, and sodium as milk…….so why doesnt the govt encourage ppl to drink water instead of milk??? (#GOTMILK etc)
whats up is…..milk lobbyists donate a LOT of money to politicians who protect their interests when nutrition guidelines come up for review (hillary clinton is the 15th top recipient of donations from the dairy industry……if u need another reason to b Suspicious of her)
SO ANYWAY………….tl;dr milk and dairy products can be part of a healthy diet but the idea that theyre essential is just GOOD OL CAPITALISTIC AMERICAN MARKETING
Speaking of war-driven food misinformation, it’s also not true that eating carrots will any way improve your night vision. That one’s the result of a wildly successful misinformation campaign by the British, who during WWII were working on new technology to combat the Blitz. What they wound up developing was air-intercept radar, which is the type of radar that you can have on a plane which can detect other planes, and which British fighters could use to target German bombers, even in the dark.
This technology was a massive innovation and the British pilots kicked ass with it, but to maintain a strategic advantage, the Brits didn’t want the Germans to know they had it. So they spread the word that the remarkable success of their night-flying pilots was because the men were eating a lot of carrots, which improved their night vision.
Carrots are actually good for vision, particularly if you have a vitamin A deficiency which can impact eyesight, but the idea that they could improve a person’s night vision to the extent that they’d be able to spot a bomber during the Blitz was just propaganda that’s survived well past the war.