Is dairy necessary for good health?

The scientific answer to this common nutrition question is simply no.

Even the mainstream medical community is communicating this fact in top medical journals. The predominate reason we continue to believe dairy is necessary is the very successful marketing by the dairy industry that promotes it as beneficial for bone health. Dairy is indeed a source of calcium, a nutrient required for bone health, but there is no scientific evidence that consuming dairy improves bone health or prevents osteoporosis. The truth is quite the opposite. Countries that consume the most dairy milk actually have the highest rates of bone fractures. What is more important for bone health is regular weight-bearing exercise, vitamin D and all the nutrients obtained from eating plenty of fruits and vegetables.

Consultant Haematologist and Lifestyle Medicine Physician. Founder and Director of Plant-based health professionals UK.