Dairy is a controversial and confusing food group. Health organizations promote dairy as vital for improved bone health, yet other experts disagree and hail dairy as detrimental to health. Who is correct? Is dairy good or bad for your health?

We examine the facts.

Lactose Intolerance

According to PCRM, “Lactose intolerance is common, affecting about 95 percent of Asian Americans, 74 percent of Native Americans, 70 percent of African Americans, 53 percent of Mexican Americans, and 15 percent of Caucasians.” Many people are also casein intolerant, a protein found in animal milk. Many people who consume milk experience, bloating, gas, diarrhea, acne, eczema, worsening of upper respiratory symptoms and more. 

Saturated Fat and Heart Disease

Milk and other dairy products known foods that have a high percentage of artery-clogging saturated fat. Milk products also contain cholesterol which increases the risk of heart disease, diabetes, kidney disease, obesity and other health issues. Cheese is especially harmful given its high salt content and fat percentage. Typical cheeses are 70 percent fat!

Bone Health

This may be shocking but according to PCRM, “Research shows that dairy products have little or no benefit for bone health. According to an analysis published in the British Medical Journal, most studies fail to show any link between dairy intake and broken bones, or fractures. In one study, researchers tracked the diets, exercise, and stress fracture rates of adolescent girls and concluded that dairy products and calcium do not prevent stress fractures.” Next time you go grab milk for your osteoporosis, think twice. 


Regular consumption of dairy products has been linked to increased cancer risk including prostate cancer,  lung cancer, breast cancer, and ovarian cancer, especially those who have lactose intolerance. It is a known fact that dairy contains IGF-1 (insulin-growth factor) which is related to increased cancer risk. Dairy also contains other steroid hormones like estradiol and testosterone.