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Dairy Debate: Should Nondairy Beverages Be Labeled as ‘Milk’?

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  • A recall involving Almond Breeze suspected of containing dairy milk has again stirred the debate about how the U.S. FDA defines “milk”
  • The FDA commissioner has gone on record saying, “Almonds don’t lactate,” citing federal regulations specifying liquids sourced from lactating cows as the only beverages permitted to bear the label “milk”
  • While the FDA is concerned many Americans are missing out on protein and other beneficial nutrients by choosing nondairy alternatives, lactose intolerance, casein allergies and other sensitivities prevent a large portion of the population from enjoying cow’s milk and dairy-based products
  • Regardless of what the government says, the best milk for you is the type your body can tolerate; my personal favorite is raw, organic, grass fed milk

By Dr. Mercola

The recall of more than 145,000 containers of almond milk suspected to be tainted with dairy milk has again stirred the debate about how the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) defines “milk.” The FDA and American dairy industry contend beverages sourced from plant materials such as almonds and coconuts do not meet the criteria necessary to be labeled as milk.


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