|By Robert Cohen Executive Director|
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! HOW DO COWS EAT GRASS WHEN THEY ARE CHAINED TO THEIR STALLS? 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 Agriculture. FISH 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. COW'S MILK 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 milk. SOYMILK 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. SUMMARY 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) CONCLUSION 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 (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Dairy Education Board
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