ABCs of Food: D is for Dairy
Myth #1: Hormones in milk cause early puberty.
If you are a woman, and especially a mom, you’ve likely heard the myth that girls mature earlier and boys grow bigger because of hormones in milk (and meat). The fact is that girls are maturing earlier. BUT, says BFF expert Dr. Ann Macrina, the age at which they reach puberty has been declining since the mid-1800’s, a time, incidentally, during which dairy consumption has actually decreased. (A recent report from the International Dairy Foods Association shows that the agerage person consumers about 20 gallons of milk annually - and that is a new record low!)