Alissa Hamilton Got Milked?

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Got Milked?

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For more than a generation, we’ve been taught that milk does a body good, but in Got Milked? Alissa Hamilton dispels common misconceptions about milk and looks behind the marketing, examining the enormous influence the milk industry has over our diets. Separating science from advertising, Hamilton uncovers the inside story behind how milk became a dietary staple, stripping away years of conventional assumptions about diet to reveal the ways in which milk interferes with everyday health.

But more than just a sobering look at how milk is not the wonder food that it has been made out to be, Got Milked? also demonstrates how going milk-free can revolutionize your diet and your well-being. Attacking decades of accepted wisdom about milk, Got Milked? will make you rethink the way you consume milk and empower you to eat better. Hamilton also offers delicious dairy-free recipes and full meal plans that deliver the same nutrients found in dairy products, without all the sugar or negative side effects.

At once provocative and transformative, Got Milked? challenges many of the myths surrounding milk and will leave you prepared to take charge of your health. Not only will you find it easy to drop milk from your diet, you will thrive without it.

Three myths you don’t want to swallow

Myth #1: Milk protects your bones and prevents osteoporosis

Untrue. The calcium in milk, claimed by milk marketers as the best way to avoid diseases like osteoporosis, is actually harder for our bodies to absorb than the calcium found in vegetables like broccoli, bok choy and kale. In fact, the record high calcium recommendations in North America may be doing our bones and bodies more harm than good.

Myth #2: Milk is an essential part of a healthy diet

Untrue. Claims that milk is a good source of protein and other essential nutrients fly in the face of modern medical science. And although low-fat milk is fortified with vitamin D, vitamin D is fat-soluble and therefore not the best source of the nutrient. Further most people cannot digest lactose, the sugar in milk. Even those who can have good reason to avoid it. Lactose breaks down during digestion into a highly inflammatory sugar that can accelerate aging and lead to disease. The picture only gets worse when sugar-laden, flavored milk products are lumped in with milk marketing.

Myth #3: Milk is pure and simple

Untrue. Regular use of antibiotics and growth hormones means that modern milk is anything but natural. Some of the essential nutrients in milk are added in the same way that Kellogg’s fortifies Fruit Loops with vitamins and minerals. And the industrialization of milk has allowed dairy processors to mix large batches of milk from different farms to create a uniform product that lasts longer, but may also cause more allergies. Modern milk is making us sick, yet milk and sugary milk products – some with sugar levels as high as soft drinks – are served to children in schools across North America.

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About the Author:

Alissa Hamilton, JD, has a PhD from Yale University and is the author of Squeezed: What You Don't Know about Orange Juice, which helped spark a series of class-action lawsuits against orange juice companies in the United States. An authority on food processing and marketing issues, Hamilton has written for major publications and academic journals. She has spoken at TEDx Cambridge; has been a guest on the Dr. Oz Show and ABC World News with Diane Sawyer; and has been featured in the Guardian, The Atlantic,, the New York Post, the Los Angeles Times, the Boston Globe, and, and on NPR and Martha Stewart Living Radio. A former Food and Society Fellow with the Institute for Agriculture and Trade Policy, Hamilton lives in Toronto, Canada.


“In prose as pungent as a sharp cheddar yet smooth as a vanilla shake, Hamilton shows how a foodstuff that can’t be digested by a large swath of people came to be promoted as a universal necessity by US health authorities.” (--Tom Philpott, food and agriculture correspondent, Mother Jones)

“Got Milked is a welcome and much needed counterpoint to the milk industry’s heavily marketed message that milk is a magic fairy food that confers the health of immortal unicorns and bones of steel.” (--Yoni Freedhoff, author of The Diet Fix, Assistant Professor Family Medicine, University of Ottawa)

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