Should dairy be recommended as part of a healthy vegetarian diet? Counterpoint. Although cow milk has been widely recommended in Western countries as necessary for growth and bone health, evidence collected during the past 20 y shows the need to rethink strategies for building and maintaining strong bones. Osteoporotic bone fracture rates are highest in countries that consume the most dairy, calcium, and animal protein. Most studies of fracture risk provide little or no evidence that milk or other dairy products benefit bone. Read more about Should dairy be recommended as part of a healthy vegetarian diet? Counterpoint.