The Consumer Education Project of Milk SA

Is it true that dairy products make our bodies more acidic, and that this is bad for our bones?

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The theory that dairy products are ‘acid producing’ is not based on fact. Scientific evidence does not support any of these claims.

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A theory exists that dairy products are ‘acid producing’ owing to their protein and phosphate content. Acid production could cause minerals to be leeched from the bones in order to neutralise the acid, which would, in turn, compromise bone health.

Scientific evidence does not support any of these claims. In fact, it is known that protein and phosphorus are essential nutrients for bone health. Milk and dairy products neither produce acid upon metabolism nor cause metabolic acidosis, and systemic pH is not influenced by diet. In addition, the role of calcium in building and maintaining bones is well recognised and dairy foods such as milk, yoghurt and cheese are among the best dietary sources of calcium.

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