Milk Myth Busters - Myths about Milk Set Straight by Registered Dietitians

Milk Myth Busters

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A myth is a widely-held yet mistaken belief. Dairy farming has been a part of agriculture for thousands of years, which may explain why there are so many myths associated with it. Listed below are some of the most prevalent myths about milk and dairy foods.

Our team of registered dietitian nutritionists wants to set the record straight! We keep current of the large body of scientific literature related to milk and dairy foods to accurately address myths and facts about milk and dairy foods.

Learn about these common milk myths and help us bust them with evidence-based research.

Milk Myth Busters

Milk Myth: Drinking Milk Causes Early Puberty

Myth Buster: There is no scientific evidence that drinking milk causes early puberty.

Milk Myth: Drinking Milk Causes Mucus

Myth Buster: Milk consumption does not lead to mucus production or occurrence of asthma.

Milk Myth: Drinking Milk Causes Kidney Stones

Myth Buster: Drinking milk does not cause kidney stones.

Milk Myth: Milk Contains High Levels of Antibiotics

Myth Buster: Any milk—conventional, organic or rBST-free—that tests positive for antibiotics cannot be sold to the public.

Milk Myth: Organic Milk is Much Healthier Than Regular Milk

Myth Buster: Both types of milk—organic and conventionally produced—are highly nutritious.

Milk Myth: Chocolate Milk is "Soda in Disguise"

Myth Buster: Chocolate milk has some added sugar but contains all the important nutrients that plain white milk provides.

Milk Myth: People With Lactose Intolerance Need to Avoid all Milk and Dairy Foods

Myth Buster: Most people with lactose intolerance can enjoy milk and dairy products.

Milk Myth: The Growth Hormones in Milk are Bad for You

Myth Buster: Studies have shown that milk from rBST treated cows is identical to milk from untreated cows.

Milk Myth: Raw Milk is More Nutritious Than Pasteurized Milk

Myth Buster: Raw milk is not more nutritious and can pose serious health risks.