RE: BoB Harper- Milk
Posted Monday, January 4, 2010 at 6:19 PM
I think he only recently went vegan. Once I read that, I did watch more closely to see what he advised on the show--where I'm sure he's not only obligated to promote the sponsors, but also stick to the plans developed for the tie-in books, etc.--but last season he always seemed to do those "candid" spots with the contestants for Extra gum and Ziploc bags.
The truth is there are lots of studies showing all kinds of things, including that the calcium in milk helps people lose weight, or olive oil helps your body absorb nutrients from salad, etc. The key is looking to see who paid for those studies--and it's almost always the industry board that stands to profit from the results.
I used to listen to a podcast called Fitness Rocks by Dr. Monte, an MD who busted these kinds of studies, breaking them down for laypeople. (PCRM is good about this too! As is Dr. Joel Fuhrman's Disease-Proof blog.) He's stopped doing the show I think, but it was very enlightening. Marion Nestle's book FOOD POLITICS and T. Colin Campbell's The China Study have more info on paid-for studies...and political influence by industrial food interests that touches everything from curriculum to school lunch programs and WIC assistance. When I first started learning about this stuff I couldn't believe it. Sounds like a conspiracy theory. Unfortunately, it's not.
I read a lot about health and nutrition...but I no longer believe everything I read without checking to see who is being paid to write it.
Point is, "milk is good for you" is accepted wisdom. That's not an accident. Bob Harper seems to have recently learned differently after having accepted it as fact for a long time, just like most people doing this kickstart.