We’re eating more dairy foods than ever before. But osteoporosis rates in the U.S. are still reaching epidemic proportions.
In fact, half of U.S. women will break bones in their spine, hip, wrist or back because of osteoporosis at some point after their 50th birthday, according to the Office of the Surgeon General. And these numbers could double or triple by 2020.
The problem: “Our diet is destroying bone,” says Amy Joy Lanou, Ph.D., an assistant professor of health and wellness at the University of North Carolina-Asheville, where she teaches nutrition and women’s health.
Lanou explains her dramatic discoveries in a book she co-authored (with health writer Michael Castleman), Building Bone Vitality: A Revolutionary Diet Plan to Prevent Bone Loss and Reverse Osteoporosis (McGraw-Hill).
Despite what we’ve been led to believe, milk and other dairy foods don’t reduce fracture risk, according to data they analyzed from 1,200 studies on calcium and bone health. In fact, they even increased the risk.
According to Lanou, animal proteins like dairy increase acidity in the blood. Our blood then drains calcium from our bones to remove the acidity. For our bodies to reap the calcium benefits of these foods, we need to balance them out by eating more alkaline foods, like fruits and vegetables.
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