The Physicians Committee

Nutrition is Actually the Sweetest Thing

  May 30, 2014    

A recent report from the Environmental Working Group highlights the top sugar-laden cereals. Honey Smacks dominated the list with 15 grams of sugar per serving. While it’s fashionable these days to attack sugary cereals, sugar is hardly the most dangerous thing in your breakfast bowl. That dubious distinction goes to the milk.

For starters, milk itself is high in sugar. While the top five cereals on EWG’s list all had between 14 and 15 grams of sugar per serving, milk was nearly as high with 12 grams of sugar in a cup of skim milk. One cup of chocolate milk has almost 24 grams of sugar.


What is considerably more worrisome is the fact that milk is linked with cancer—particularly prostate cancer. In international comparisons and in several prospective studies, men consuming the most milk had a substantially higher risk of prostate cancer, apparently due to milk’s effects on male hormones.

You don’t need milk. Studies show that milk does not actually help build strong bones, and the protein in milk can easily be obtained from other sources. One cup of oatmeal has 5.5 grams of protein—as well as 4 grams of fiber. Quinoa also makes an excellent breakfast, and one cup of quinoa contains has 8 grams of protein and 5 grams of fiber. Making a few servings of quinoa or a pot of oatmeal, and then sticking them in the refrigerator, makes them as easy as cold cereal on a frenzied morning.

And you can sweeten them both with fruit and a little bit of agave if you’re so inclined. Ditch the milk, and we’ll all be better off in the long run.


That photo is a sad reminder of my breakfast at a kid in the 1950s. No wonder our dentist got rich.
These days my wife and I cook oatmeal, add in some ground flax seeds, top it with half a banana and a cup of berries and some soy milk. Powers us through the whole morning.

I eat steel cut oats, figs (for calcium), seeds for building minerals that build bone and black or blueberries, as well as limited amounts of certified organic soy milk for breakfast.

Although, I am eating some soy, I'm concerned that over 90% of soy grown in the USA has been genetically engineered to basically drink Roundup and soon 2,4-D, and not die. 2,4-D is widely known in industry and peer reviewed scientific studies to be contaminated with dioxins of the worst kind. If soy itself was ever nutritious, it is now a major source of Roundup. Glyphosate has been found in extreme levels in Roundup Ready soy which accounts for most of the soy grown in the America's. See: Compositional differences in soybeans on the market: Glyphosate accumulates in Roundup Ready GM soybeans by T. Bohn et al at:

How can you push the use of soy products as reducing cancers when Glyphosate has been identified as an increasing link to certain cancers, including breast cancer?

It's good to eat vegan, but not necessarily good to eat herbicide resistant soy or other crops, and organic agriculture is becoming contaminated, as well as scarce. I became really ill recently from consuming some soy milk that was labeled as certified organic. That illness was likely due to contamination of organic crops with the toxic herbicides, as well as the Genetically Engineered organisms. And, as a result, I'm eating/drinking less soy than previously.

You hurt your case when you promote soy products that may not be contaminated or grown with GMO's.

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