Is drinking cow’s milk good for adults? Its health benefits, explained

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The tide has turned on cow’s milk. 

Americans are simply drinking less of the stuff, with the changing tastes of consumers, concerned about the environmental toll of dairy and their own health, switching to plant-based dairy alternatives.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture reports that from 2009 to 2018, traditional milk consumption declined by nearly 19%.

“Because of this global shift, the largest dairy companies in the U.S. are investing in plant based alternatives and the ones that aren’t face a very uncertain future,” said Alesia Soltanpanah, the executive director of World Animal Protection US, to USA TODAY.

It’s taken a toll on milk producers. Dean Foods, America’s largest milk manufacturer, filed for bankruptcy. In 2018 the Dairy Farmers of America, which represents about 30% of total U.S. milk production, reported a 7.5% decrease in sales — largely due to reduced milk prices.

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