You might have seen a viral articled titled "Why You Should Stop Drinking Milk." Well, I have a response for this.
We've all been told since we were young to drink milk. Back in the 2000s, you couldn't go anywhere without seeing some athlete or actor with a milk mustache with the catchy tagline "Got Milk?" right below them. However, recent studies have shown there are some consequences that come when drinking dairy milk. The drink supposedly reduces calcium in the body, links to a greater chance of prostate cancer, and harms bones, making them more likely to fracture and weaken. And while much of the scientific evidence is definitely true, I still feel there are plenty of benefits that come with this beverage and some misconceptions from people who decry the product.
The important thing to understand is that while milk is recommended to drink, it isn't considered an important part of a healthy diet. The typical food pyramid recommends for people to have only 2-3 servings of dairy a day, which is rather small compared to food groups like grain and vegetables. Note also that the reason why calcium, potassium, or Vitamin D can harm someone is if there's too much intake of these properties. So if you don't abuse the intake that you get, you can still get the good benefits that milk provides, like the aforementioned calcium, potassium, and Vitamin D. Really, dairy is just a small part of a healthy diet, and having just the right amount helps with blood pressure, depression, and muscle building. Simply put, all you really need is self-control, a diet that values grains, fruits, and vegetables, and a good amount of physical activity, and you will have an unlikely chance of facing any side effects like osteoporosis in your future.
So yes, I'll still enjoy having a nice glass of cold milk, even if it will supposedly kill me. It's not like it's the only drink that's available.