Topic: Milk Debate

You Know Dairy’s In Trouble When Their Ads Resort To Bashing Almond Milk

You Know Dairy's In Trouble When Their Ads Resort To Bashing Almond Milk

I don’t know if it’s a sign of sea change in how America thinks about milk, or just a snyde advertising idea brought to you by the Dairy Council, but their latest “Real Milk Comes From Cows” ad campaign seem to be taking the offensive in an attempt to win over health-conscious consumers. Their latest ad campaign basically smears plant-based milks like almond, coconut, and soymilk by calling out ingredients that we’re supposed to think are scary, and dubbing their color as “weird.” Although Blisstree got tons of flak for being skeptical about milk’s nutrition value a few weeks ago, I think it’s safe to say that many share our concerns—at least enough to make the Dairy Council realize that we need more than cute photos of celebs with milk mustaches to convince us that it’s good to drink. More »

Goat’s Milk: Better For You, Better For The Environment

Goat's Milk: Better For You, Better For The Environment

We’ve been writing a lot about milk this week on Blisstree—raw milk, skim milk, non-dairy milk, milk trends. But one type of milk we haven’t explored yet is goat’s milk. I always thought goat’s milk was pretty much identical to cow’s milk except, you know, it came from a goat. But there are actually a lot of differences between the two—and goat’s milk might be the healthier choice (especially if you’re lactose intolerant). Although not popular in the United States, goat’s milk is the milk of choice in much of the world. More »

Dairy Approval Matrix: Our Guide To Trends in Milk (And Milk Alternatives)

Dairy Approval Matrix: Our Guide To Trends in Milk (And Milk Alternatives)

Blisstree’s Great Milk Debate week is coming to a close, but there’s one thing we know you’re dying to know: What’s cool in the world of dairy and dairy alternatives? To break it down, we borrowed (ok fine, stole) one of our favorite things from New York Magazine: the Approval Matrix. Theirs, admittedly, are more hilarious. But we like ours, too; at the very least, it brings a little humor into all this debate over dairy. More »

Raw Milk From Pennsylvania Farm Makes 35 People Sick: Risks Vs. Rewards

Raw Milk From Pennsylvania Farm Makes 35 People Sick: Risks Vs. Rewards

We’ve written a lot this week about the benefits of raw milk, but one of the harsh realities as that those rewards don’t come without risk. And a case of 35 people falling ill after consumption of raw milk this week illustrates the dangers. The milk, which all came from the Family Cow farm in Chambersburg, Pennsylvania, has been pinpointed as the source of a campylobacter bacterial outbreak in Pennsylvania, Maryland, West Virginia and New Jersey. Which all makes us wonder: When it comes to raw dairy, do the risks outweigh the rewards? More »

Alt-Milk Showdown: A Nutritional Comparison Of Non-Dairy Milks

Alt-Milk Showdown: A Nutritional Comparison Of Non-Dairy Milks

Do you remember when soy milk was the height of uber-crunchy vegan weirdness? These days, soy milk is sold alongside almond milk, coconut milk and sometimes several other dairy alternatives at regular old grocery stores. No longer are non-dairy milks considered a second-rate replacement for the cow-cultivated stuff (the dairy industry is not so happy about this). Vegans and non-vegans alike are discovering the benefits of hemp milk, rice milk, oat milk … the list goes on and on. The question now is: Which of these should you be drinking? Is it all a matter of taste, or do certain dairy-milk alternatives boast better nutrient profiles than others? And what about calories? Fat content? Allergens? I talked to several nutritionists to get the scoop. More »

Is Milk Turning Your Child Into Big Foot?

Is Milk Turning Your Child Into Big Foot?

There has been a lot of debate this week about milk and its positive and negative side effects. One of the biggest controversies is over the growth hormones that dairy farmers are injecting into cows today and how they can affect us. As a result, milk has been blamed for bad skin, inflammation, digestive issues and possibly even the accelerated growth rates we are seeing in kids today (did you know that the 15% of girls in America begin puberty by age 7 and 10% begin developing breasts at that age?)
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The Raw and the Cooked: Facts And Fictions Of Raw Milk

The Raw and the Cooked: Facts And Fictions Of Raw Milk

There’s a lot of confusing rhetoric on both sides of the raw milk debate: Some swear by its health-giving properties (allergy relief, reduced asthma symptoms, middle-ear problems resolved) and go to great lengths to procure it illegally for themselves. But some indict raw milk as anything from an icky, filthy primordial substance to a liquid death sentence, a breeding ground for lethal bacteria. The truth is probably someplace in the middle. More »

69% Of You Think Drinking Cow’s Milk Is Unnatural; Here’s Why

69% Of You Think Drinking Cow's Milk Is Unnatural; Here's Why

On Monday, I posed a question to all of you: Is drinking cow’s milk unnatural? After doing some research on that topic, there are certainly polar opinions here. PETA activists who tell us that humans are the only species who drink milk from another species. Yet, others defend their right to drink milk, stating that it’s something that has been done for centuries and there is nothing wrong with it. But the vast majority of you agree with PETA–69% said drinking cow’s milk goes against Mother Nature and is unnatural. More »

Lactose Intolerant? You Can Still Eat These Dairy Products

Lactose Intolerant? You Can Still Eat These Dairy Products

One big misconception about milk and dairy in general is that if you are lactose intolerant, you can eat no cheese, no yogurt, no anything that came from a cow. But the fact is, that’s not really how lactose works. In fact, if you love dairy products (but your digestive tract doesn’t), there are still plenty of ways to incorporate them into your diet without being left in an uncomfortable state. More »

Got Autism? …And Other Controversial Anti-Milk Ads

Got Autism? ...And Other Controversial Anti-Milk Ads

It’s always interesting to look at the other side of the “Got Milk” campaign. While dairy farmers want us to believe milk “does a body good”, there are plenty of people who don’t agree and will happily tell you so. We did a little digging and found some rather interesting–and controversial–ads from PETA (when aren’t their ads interesting?) and some other organizations who would rather we put down that glass of milk. Take a look and see if you agree with their stance: More »

Rethinking Skim Milk: Low Fat Doesn’t Necessarily Mean More Nutritious

Rethinking Skim Milk: Low Fat Doesn't Necessarily Mean More Nutritious

It seems obvious: Swapping skim milk for 2% or whole milk is the healthy decision. After all, skim milk contains the same nutrients as the full-fat stuff, but with less calories and less fat. But the diet dairy choice might not be as good for you as it was once thought. A number of nutritionists, researchers and health experts have begun making the case that whole milk is the most nutritious dairy milk option. Here are three reasons why you might want to rethink skim milk. More »