Think again America, you're eating garbage, synthesized products of the dairy industry, which technically and legally can't even be called milk. Milk Protein Concentrate (MPC) is widely used in the making of so-called cheese products, principally by Kraft, the nation's largest cheese manufacturer.
According to http://www.mindfully.org/Food/ Kraft-Cheese-Adulterated.htm , "The general definition of MPC is a blend of dry dairy ingredients from 42% to 90% casein (pure dairy protein). The World Trade Organization (WTO) has two Harmonized Trade Schedule (HTS) numbers to designate MPC - 04049 and 3501".
The "HTS 04049 is made by ultra filtering skim milk, retaining anything the size of a protein or larger (bacteria, somatic cell, etc.) and then drying that to form a powder. With HTS 3501 proteins obtained in other ways can be added (i.e., casein). Neither of these two products are considered milk by the Food and Drug Administration's (FDA) definitions." Furthermore, "MPCs are cheaper than domestic forms of dairy proteins (farm milk, nonfat dry milk, etc.)."
"Not manufactured in the U.S. MPC's are added to cheese vats - on the cheap yielding more end products with `savings' retained by the manufacturer," according to John Bunting, a Delaware County, New York dairy farmer. Traditionally, half of all U.S. milk is destined to go into cheese production".
Also within this same article, Peter Hardin, editor and publisher of the authoritative monthly The Milkweed, who along with Bunting has done much of the investigation of MPC use in the U.S., shows "virtually EVERY Kraft processed `cheese' product in the supermarket contains MPCs."
"Add up the Kraft products listing MPC as an ingredient: Cheez Whiz, Velveeta, the array of processed Singles products, Kraft emerges as a huge user of the 100-120 million pounds of MPCs that entered the U.S. in 1999. Kraft now spells processed cheese products `M-P-C'."
The FDA actually considers MPC to be a food additive without exemption. And the FDA has no standard for MPC in our foods.
On this widely read website, http://www.ezhealthydiet.com/c asein-protein.htm, entitled"Casein Protein-The Dangers", the author focuses on one classic and definitive study. "In his book, "The China Study", Dr. T. Colin Campbell, reports how he discovered, over many years of cancer research, a possible link between animal protein intake and cancer development."
According to the on-line source, "What he discovered was that protein did indeed promote cancer development. However it was not all types of protein. What Campbell discovered was that casein, which comprises 85% of the protein in cow's milk, promoted cancer in all stages of its development. The safe protein, that which did not promote cancer, was plant based."
Furthermore, "Casein protein was found to promote cancer in the controlled animal studies which Campbell administered. However, further research results, particularly those of the China Study, have shown there to be a remarkable link between animal protein in general and many different diseases not just cancer alone."
"Former Chairman of Pediatrics at Johns Hopkins University, Frank Oski, M.D. even has a book called 'Don't Drink Your Milk' which blames every second health problem kids suffer on hormone-ridden commercial milk. Sixty percent of ear infections in kids under six years of age are milk-induced, and milk consumption is the number one cause of iron- deficiency anemia in infants today according to the American Association of Pediatrics."
The posts on one anti milk/cheese website, http://www.notmilk.com/forum/8 53.html entitled 'White Poison ColorLines', by Shanti Rangwani, Mar 7, 2002 had only strong and harsh words to say about milk and other dairy products. "Got milk? If not, then thank your lucky stars. Because if you do, medical research shows that you are likely to be plagued by anemia, migraine, bloating, gas, indigestion, asthma, prostate cancer, and a host of potentially fatal allergies....."
If you wonder why your kids are sick and tired, and they drink milk and eat processed cheeses, just ask yourself my leading question...
What makes you think that a huge conglomerate like Kraft Foods actually cares about children's nutrition?