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Milk preventing the absorption of flavinoids and anti-oxidants?

this is a blurb from something I read on Yahoo health by Joy Bauer. The comment about milk was interesting- if Milk in chocolate prevents the absorption of the "good stuff", where else is milk doing this? I read that calcium is similar- that even though we consume a lot of milk, osteoporosis levels are very high. And that this may be because the calcium in milk is not absorbed all that well:

"t's true that certain types of chocolate are good for the cardiovascular system - but certainly not all chocolate. When it comes to good health, the most important thing is to choose dark chocolate versus milk chocolate. The darker the chocolate, the richer it is in flavonoids (also known as bioflavonoids) -- which are responsible for most of chocolate's health benefits. Also - milk inhibits intestinal absorption of flavonoids, so you lose even more of these fabulous plant chemicals during digestion if you choose milk chocolate."


Wed. May 30, 12:21pm

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we need vitamin d to absorb the calcium in milk. that's why it is added to most milk.

Wednesday, May 30, 2007, 12:29 PM

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then what explains the high levels of osteoporosis in this country?

Wednesday, May 30, 2007, 12:46 PM

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Excess protein leads to net calcium loss. Among other issues like vitamin K helping with calcium absorption. So, eat a diet like the average American does that is very high in protein and low in vitamin K containing greens, wear lots of sunscreen or stay inside all day so you don't get any vitamin D, skip a lot of other supporting minerals you would get from whole foods, watch tv and don't get any weight bearing exercise and your bones too will fall apart in your old age.

Wednesday, May 30, 2007, 3:29 PM

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