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Milk's nutritional value debated as we consume more

(USA Today) While some consider milk a nutritional powerhouse, others see it as unnecessary for good health and question the rationale behind some government-related programs that try to help the marketing of milk…
It has long been known that some people have trouble digesting cow's milk. The National Institutes of Health estimates about 30 million Americans have lactose intolerance, the inability to digest a type of sugar in milk… [W]hile not dangerous, it can cause nausea, bloating, gas and diarrhea. Milk allergy, an immune system reaction that can cause hives, eczema and wheezing, as well as digestive problems,..
While there are drawbacks for some, the nutritional benefits of milk are clear, says Ruth Frechman, a registered dietitian and spokesperson for the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, formerly the American Dietetic Association. "Milk is a nutrient-dense beverage; it's relatively inexpensive and is an easy source of hydration," she says. It contains protein, calcium, vitamin D, phosphorus, potassium, vitamin B12 and other vitamins and minerals.
But its main nutrient, says Frechman, is calcium, "and most Americans are not getting the recommended amounts of calcium."
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