By Robert Cohen Executive Director Text Only

The Great CLA Depage

The Great CLA Debate

The dairy industry continues to promote their phony cancer
claim. Calling ice cream a "health food" is an insult to the
intelligence of all consumers.

The dairy industry has been alleging that a substance in
milk prevents cancer. That substance is called CLA, and cows
used to get lots of CLA by eating grass!


Most dairy cows no longer feed on grass, which was the way
cows used to eat Conjugated Linoleic Acid (CLA). Today their
feed contains corn and barley, which are rich in CLA. Most
experiments with CLA have been performed in vitro (in glass
test tubes) and are inconclusive.

In order to obtain the recommended daily dosage of CLA from
meat and dairy, one would have to eat thousands of grams of
animal fats every day.

Cows produced CLA in their milk for the same reason that
they have calcium... they once got these "essentials" from
the wonderful plants that were part of their diet. In such
form, these important nutritional factors are easily
absorbed and utilized by the body. The good news is that you
can get CLA from plant-based sources. You do not have to
ingest dairy products, which contain pus, bacteria,
saturated animal fat, cholesterol and powerful growth
hormones. Now, that is good news!

Essential fatty acids are critical to maintaining healthy
brain and tissue growth. Humans do not produce CLA, so the
only source of essential fatty acids are through the foods
we eat. Milk promoters claim that dairy products are a great
source of CLA. Many nutritionists, particularly those who do
not support vegetarian diets, claim that fish supplies the
human body with substantial amounts of CLA.

Studies suggest that CLA slows the growth of cancer cells,
reduces heart disease, and gives an overall boost to the
human immune system.

CLA is a powerful cancer fighter. In fairness to meat
eaters, vegetarians, and vegans, I've analyzed the CLA
content of three foods, cow's milk, fish, and soymilk.

The results were more than surprising. They were amazing. I
first obtained data representing the milligrams of CLA
contained in one gram of fat for each of the three products.
These data was obtained from the United States Department of


There are 2.97 grams of fat for every 100 gram portion
(about 3.5 ounces) of canned white tuna fish. Each gram of
fat in canned tuna contains 0.3 milligrams of CLA. That
translates to 0.89 milligrams of CLA in a 100 gram portion
of tuna fish.


There are 2.097 grams of fat for every 100 gram portion
(about 3.5 ounces) of whole cow's milk. Each gram of fat in
cow's milk contains 4.5 milligrams of CLA. That translates
to 9.4365 milligrams of CLA in a 100 gram portion of cow's


There are 8.97 grams of fat for every 100 gram portion
(about 3.5 ounces) of soymilk. Each gram of fat in soymilk
contains 80 milligrams of CLA. That translates to 718
milligrams of CLA in a 100 gram portion of soymilk.


100 gram portion (3.5 ounces)

Fish - 0.89 mg of CLA
Milk - 9.44 mg of CLA
Soymilk - 718 mg (805 times that of fish,
76 times that of cow's milk)


The same amount of CLA is contained in:

1 quart of soymilk
18.5 gallons of cow's milk
Almost 1,000 4-ounce tins of tuna fish

Robert Cohen, author of:   MILK A-Z
Executive Director (
Dairy Education Board

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