By Robert Cohen Executive Director Text Only


Every day, for the past four years, at least one person has
written to me and asked one of two questions:

"If I don't drink milk or eat meat, how will I satisfy my
protein needs?"

"If I don't drink milk, won't my bones break?"

American women have been consuming an average of two pounds
of milk per day for their entire lives, yet thirty million
American women have osteoporosis. Drinking milk does not
prevent bone loss. Bone loss is accelerated by ingesting too
much protein, and milk has been called "liquid meat." Heart
disease remains our number one killer.

Hospitals are filled with Americans who have eaten too much
dietary animal protein. It is nearly impossible to live in
America and not satisfy your protein needs.


"The average man in the US eats 175% more protein than the
recommended daily allowance and the average woman eats 144%

Surgeon General's Report on Nutrition and Health, 1988


"Osteoporosis is caused by a number of things, one of the
most important being too much dietary protein."

Science 1986;233(4763)

"Countries with the highest rates of osteoporosis, such as
the United States, England, and Sweden, consume the most
milk. China and Japan, where people eat much less protein
and dairy food, have low rates of osteoporosis."

Nutrition Action Healthletter, June, 1993

"Dietary protein increases production of acid in the blood
which can be neutralized by calcium mobilized from the

American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, 1995; 61 (4)

"Even when eating 1,400 mg of calcium daily, one can lose up
to 4% of his or her bone mass each year while consuming a
high-protein diet."

American Journal of Clinical Nutrition 1979;32(4)

"Increasing one's protein intake by 100% may cause calcium
loss to double."

Journal of Nutrition, 1981; 111 (3)

"Animal food-groups were directly correlated to mortality
from coronary heart disease, defined as sudden coronary
death or fatal myocardial infarction and vegetable food-
groups (except potatoes) as well as fish and alcohol were
inversely correlated with CHD mortality. Univariate analysis
showed significant positive correlation coefficients for
butter (R = 0.887), meat (R = 0.645), pastries (R = 0.752),
and milk (R = 0.600) consumption, and significant negative
correlation coefficients for legumes (R = -0.822), oils (R =
-0.571), and alcohol (R = -0.609) consumption. Combined
vegetable foods (excluding alcohol) were inversely
correlated (R = -0.519), whereas combined animal foods
(excluding fish) were directly correlated (R = 0.798) with
coronary heart disease death rates."

European Journal of Epidemiology, 1999 Jul, 15:6, 507-15

Robert Cohen author of:   MILK A-Z
Executive Director (
Dairy Education Board

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