With gluten, food prohibits the moment is milk. Difficult to quantify the followers of “lactose-free”, which are swelling the ranks of those who claim that the sociologist Claude Fischler called “special power” (1). A fear replacing another, Nicolas Guggenbühl degree in Human Nutrition and professor at the Paul Lambin Institute in Brussels confirmed that the obsession gluten now adds that of milk, and the application of “lactose products free “keeps growing. “Milk is one of the foods that currently generate the most debate and controversy.”

These predatory practices remain marginal, but milk consumption decreases: the Belgians are buying today some 50 liters per year, against 75 liters in 2000. As a result, the dairy industry, supported by the Governments and the European Union, is fighting on all fronts. Objective: To counter the questioning of those speeches of the die taxed “anti-milk”, and defend at all costs the public health recommendation “three dairy products a day.” Thus, in April, the Belgian Confederation of the dairy industry has organized a press conference at which an expert in osteoporosis and bone diseases at CHU Brugmann, Brussels, Professor Jean-Jacques Body, broke “myths alarmist by which dairy products would generate health problems “. APAQ-W (the Walloon Agency for the promotion of quality agriculture) comes it to launch a campaign to promote the benefits of milk, with guest star athlete Nafissatou Thiam and judoka Toma Nikiforov. The Walloon Region also conducts the operation “Milk at school”, in collaboration with the European Union, to encourage the distribution of milk cartons in schools. There is one year, the milk producers College also decided to follow suit. Including “the establishment of a system of responses to attacks anti-milk”, “publishing articles about the benefits of consuming milk” and “a possible training for journalists who will say anything in the . print and oral on the sector ”

The mobilization of milk is even stronger that an increasing number of practitioners – especially nutritionists, homeopaths and naturopaths (and very unrecognized exercise fashion) – take a different tune their work and do not stick with the virtues hitherto generally accepted dairy. At the point of convincing more and more consumers to dispense altogether with milk. Doctors fear since “deficiencies in calcium, essential for the growth of children and adolescents and useful against osteoporosis.” Those who are lactose intolerant autodiagnostiquent say in any case he had never felt so good in their bodies, one month after stopping the cow’s milk and its derivatives. For specialists, this is a well known phenomenon. “The placebo effect is here an ideal context. Even if some data suggest that the removal of milk and dairy products might reduce inflammation, it is far from proven. By reducing their quantity,” abstinent ” decrease their food intake, reducing in this way their digestion, “notes Nicolas Guggenbühl nutritionist.

(1) The specific power supplies. We eat together again tomorrow? , under the direction of Claude Fischler, ed. Odile Jacob, 272 pages

In Le Vif / L’Express this week, the record. “Consuming milk: yes or no”

With eight statements on milk shelled:

  1. “Lactose causes pain, diarrhea and bloating.”
  2. “proteins can cause severe allergies.”
  3. “role in the prevention of osteoporosis is not fully proven. “
  4. ” The milk increases the risk of cancer. “
  5. ” It promotes type 1 diabetes, but protects diabetes Type 2. “
  6. ” The fresh dairy products protect against heart disease. “
  7. ” It is not the only source of calcium. “
  8. ” The “milks” plants can substitute milk and milk products. “