Do You Need To Swear Off Dairy?

Rebecca Trotta

Article Summary

The online article, "Do You Really Need To Swear Off Dairy?" was written by Virginia Sole-Smith and published at on November 1, 2015. The article looks at the recent controversy surrounding consumption of dairy products and investigates whether or not there is validity to various claims that have been made. The article points out three reasons people may have heard that dairy products are important to their diet including being an excellent source of vitamin D and calcium, as well as, chocolate milk being a good post workout recovery drink. The article also discusses three reasons that people may have heard that they should eliminate dairy form their diets including lactose intolerance, excessive fat and the possibility of contributing to cancer development. Each of these claims is analyzed individually. The author concludes dairy products should be consumed in moderation much like many other foods in our diet.

Article Critique

The article "Do You Really Need To Swear Off Dairy?" is a fairly balanced and informative article assessing the validity behind popular positive and negative claims about dairy consumption. The author, Virginia Sole-Smith writes mostly health and lifestyle articles and has no formal nutrition expertise

(Sole-Smith,, 2015), but does cite many reputable sources such as the World Health Organization, the National Institute of Heath, registered dietitians and physicians with expertise in nutrition.

When discussing the specific pros and cons regarding the consumption of dairy, Sole-Smith actually finds scientific evidence for and against every single claim. For example, the article states the importance of calcium to bone health, the recommendation from the NIH that women consume 1,000mg per day and notes it would be difficult to consume this quantity without dairy products. Then Sole-Smith states the WHO recommends less calcium and notes there are many other dietary sources of non-dairy calcium. She also mentions evidence from studies analyzed by Harvard School of Public Health that show no correlation between drinking milk and a reduction of fractures and another study in Sweden which actually shows an increase in hip fractures in women who drank 21 ounces or more of milk daily. Sole-Smith tries so hard to show both sides to every claim; she really makes no useful conclusions at all. Someone that has concerns about consuming dairy products would find this article informative and scientifically based, but might not be able to decide what information to follow. Sole-Smith claims she is better informed in the end, knowing that dairy products aren't "fortifying (her) bones into steel" but is also skeptical that they are a detriment to her health. Sole-Smith provides an abundance of information about consuming dairy products, but in the end, she makes no conclusions except to eat dairy products in moderation.


Sole-Smith, V. (2015, November 1). Do You Really Need To Swear Off Dairy? Retrieved November 30, 2015, from

Sole-Smith, V. (2015). Retrieved December 1, 2015, from