Heidi Klum shot a new ad for the “Got Milk?” campaign, lending the controversial beverage her stamp of approval (and sex appeal) yet again. But (kind of like we wondered whether a skinny girl like Gwyneth Paltrow could really be eating all the pasta she’s been forking in front of cameras, I can’t help but wonder whether Heidi is really drinking milk in between Victoria’s Secret shoots. Dairy is marketed to women for its high calcium content, but in recent years, it’s been scrutinized by docs who say that most milk on the market is full of artificial hormones that can wreak havoc on our bodies, leading to problems with weight, acne, digestion, and allergies. So should you got milk? Not necessarily.
On the Body By Milk Facebook page, Klum expounds on her love for the beverage:
I think milk is very important because it has a lot of nutrition — vitamin D, calcium. It’s good to remind people to drink more of this good white stuff called milk! Don’t forget about it! It’s natural and good for you. I drink it at home, and my children drink it.
But many people think milk has become a problem since the advent of factory farming and pasteurization. Young Heidis of yore who grew up on farms drinking fresh, unpasteurized dairy from free-range, grass-fed cows were likely reaping big nutritional benefits from milk (and they didn’t have to worry quite so much about all that dairy fat, since they weren’t consuming large quantities of processed food, either). But modern Heidis — like Klum — are most likely drinking pasteurized milk that comes from factory-farmed cows that aren’t raised on natural diets (instead, they’re given commercial feed that contains soy, corn, and sometimes even more disturbing ingredients) and are given antibiotics, growth hormones, and steroids that make their way into our milk ‘stache (and beyond). The result? We’re drinking a combination of scary chemicals and hormones that can cause chronic health problems, for some. (And many say that the nutritional benefits are all but null thanks to the pasteurization process meant to kill dangerous bacteria.)
So should you drink milk? Unless you know exactly where it came from, and how the cows were fed and handled, we say proceed with caution. And if you suffer acne, hormonal imbalances, allergies, or digestion problems, it might be time for you to experiment with dairy elimination diet; if you feel better without it, you know it’s time to nix the moo juice from your diet completely.