Dr. John McDougall’s Ten Favorite One-Liners – Number 6
They’re Thinking: “But without milk my bones would weaken and I would break a hip.
Milk is the best source of calcium, and plants are calcium deficient.”
You Continue: Women in Asia and Africa grow normal adult skeletons without consuming any milk after they wean from their mother’s breast. Rural African women consume 400 mg of calcium daily, often have 10 babies, and nurse them for 10 months, yet do not have hip fractures (and 10% live to be older than 60). They also eat a diet of starches (corn and rice) with few animal foods. (Calcium recommendations are as high as 2000 mg/day for US women). Our calcium requirements are so small that there has never been a case of “dietary calcium deficiency” ever reported on any natural diet, even diets with no dairy foods at all. Osteoporosis is not due to calcium deficiency, but primarily due to an acidic condition created in the body from consuming meats and cheeses. The only reason you believe otherwise about protein and calcium is because of the size of the megaphones the meat and dairy industries hold.