Biased Studies: What to Drink?

Thirsty? Bones feeling a little weak? Worried about osteoporosis? Have a glass of milk, right? Yeah—not so fast! Because according to Dr. Fuhrman milk isn’t exactly programmed for human consumption. Cow's Milk and Kids Aren't Made for Each Other has more:
Americans encourage their children to eat, believing them to be healthy foods. Fifty years of heavy advertising by an economically powerful industry has shaped the public's perception, illustrating the power of one-sided advertising, but the reality and true health effects on our children is a different story. Besides the link between high-saturated-fat foods (dairy fat) and cancer, there is a body of scientific literature linking the consumption of cow's milk to many other diseases. If we expect our children to resist many common illnesses, they simply must consume less milk, cheese, and butter. Dairy foods should be consumed in limited quantity or not at all.
Still thirsty? Okay, well what about juice? Can’t beat a big glass of juice—not totally! Dr. Fuhrman recommends people only drink an ounce of fruit juice a day. In Pomegranate Power he further explains his position on fruit juice. From the comments:
I do not think a little fresh squeezed fruit juice is bad, just not a good idea for those who are trying to lose weight. Certainly, even a few ounces of pomegranate or red grapefruit juice is not going to blow your diet. Similar to olive oil, people think because my book, Eat to Live encourages the reader to avoid oil, (because all oil is 120 calories a tablespoon and it can add up fast) that I am dead set against using even a little bit of olive oil occasionally. Apply the principles, but it does not have to be that rigid.
Now, this might seem like a dumb question (actually it is a really dumb question), but are soft drinks a good idea? Yeah, Dr. Fuhrman isn’t a fan. He elaborates in Disease-Proof Your Child:
Soft drinks and processed foods are full of high-fructose corn syrup (HFCS). HFCS is not only fattening, but this inexpensive and ultra-concentrated sugar has no resemblance to real food made by nature. It is another experiment thrust upon our unsuspecting children with unknown dangerous consequences. Besides sugar, corn syrup, and chemicals, these drinks often contain caffeine, an addictive stimulant. Children crave more and more as they get older. By adolescence most children have become soft-drink addicts. It is no surprise that six out of the seven most popular soft drinks contain caffeine. Contrast this high level of sugary “liquid candy” with the meager intake of fresh produce by children and teenagers, and it is no surprise that we have an obesity epidemic beyond all expectations.
So why bring all this up? Well apparently some studies are being skewed to make milk, soda, and juice seem like good ideas. Now this is by no means my discovery. Marilynn Marchione of the Associated Press reports the beverage industry may have significant influence on medical research. Read on:
Biased science can affect consumer behavior, doctor recommendations and even federal regulation of marketing claims for such products, Dr. David Ludwig, an obesity specialist at Children's Hospital Boston who led the work, said.


"I don't blame researchers for this problem. I think most are highly ethical and dedicated to science. The problem is that when government underfunds nutrition research, industry money becomes hard to resist," he said.
This is very gangster-like if you ask me.
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Kris - January 22, 2007 3:48 PM

My family drinks the Healthy Balance juice from Old Orchard. It's half the sugar yet still packs the vitamin c. I would recommend it.

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