Although media, governments, and even scientific research recommend the consumption of animal products closer analysis reveals severe misinformation
A staple of most people’s diets are dairy products, and even scientific studies have praised the benefits of acquiring calcium from dairy products: most studies will emphasize that dairy products are essential to calcium intake.
A recent claim says that avoiding dairy consumption entirely can result in a deficiency of iodine, which can be dangerous.
However, a study issued by the WHO reveals that countries that have generally low dairy intakes also have correspondingly low rates of fractures and bone disease such as osteoporosis.
Calcium may be obtained through other food sources aside from dairy - a single potato contains within it more iodine than one glass of milk. Iodine does not even occur in a cow’s milk naturally, it is acquired through what farmers feed them.
Dietary guidelines issued by the NHS do not recommend drinking milk to boost intake of iodine, suggesting that grains and vegetables are better sources. It is thus unusual and rather infuriating that the media actively focuses on dairy as the ultimate source of iodine.
Studies that advocate high dairy consumption for health benefits turn out to be funded, directly or indirectly, by the dairy industry
Disclaimers to studies that claim consuming milk and similar dairy products are essential to a balanced, healthy diet state that the studies and research have been funded by the dairy industry: an admittedly biased entity.
The studies actively neglect to mention plants and vegetables as iodine-rich foods, and actually criticize alternatives to milk in a negative manner, warning consumers to avoid them.
Advocates of non-dairy iodine sources recommend that consumers make careful, informed decisions about what they consume - and keep in mind that much of the research praising dairy comes directly or indirectly from the dairy industry itself.