Facing the white truth

| Post published on June 3, 2013
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The summary of an extensive review of all studies examining the relationship between diet and acne were published and sent a very clear message. While no other food group showed consistent link to acne, dairy did. The researchers are not sure whether this is due to the hormones in milk, milk protein or the effect of milk on insulin and IGF-1 (hormone-like substance) concentrations or whether it’s all these factors working together. However, dairy has been repeatedly shown to markedly aggravate acne.

Burris, J., Rietkerk, W., Woolf, K., 2013. Acne: The Role of Medical Nutrition Therapy. Journal of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. 113 (3) 416-430.

About the author
Dr. Justine Butler
I joined Viva! as a health campaigner in 2005 after graduating from Bristol University with a PhD in molecular biology. My scientific training helped me research and write numerous reports, guides and fact sheets for Viva! including Meat the Truth, Fish-Free for Life, One in Nine (breast cancer and diet) and the substantial report on the detrimental health effects of consuming dairy; White Lies. This accompanied Viva!’s report The Dark Side of Dairy which spelt out the inherent cruelty of dairy farming. We were the first UK group to take on the dairy industry in this way, and many of our supporters go vegan after reading these reports.

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