In Season 1, Episode 3 of the television series "True Blood", the following conversation takes place:

Sookie: Marthaville’s gettin’ a Starbucks.
Gran: I cannot for the life of me see why anybody would spend $3 on a cup of coffee with too much milk.
Sookie: Arlene told me, that people are less calcium-deficient than they used to be because of all the fancy coffee they drink nowadays.
Gran: You know, I never thought of that, but it does make sense.

I guess, this claim is part based on the fact that a Grande Latte has 40% of your RDA

Is it true that the change in diet to milky coffee has reduced calcium deficiency in americans?

  • Are you saying that their coffee causes calcium deficiency rates to decrease? Please back this up or this question is just "something you heard." – neilfein Mar 4 '12 at 20:50
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    I think the claim is that so many people are drinking Starbucks lattes who were previously drinking calcium-less restaurant drinks (i.e. almost everything else), that it's had a significant affect on the median calcium intake of some large population (Americans?). – user792 Mar 4 '12 at 22:41
  • There is a much repeated allegation that a poor coffee farmer, on being asked if Starbucks was helping his business claimed that they weren't so much in the coffee business as the hot milk business. [No source as I heard it nth hand]. – dmckee Mar 5 '12 at 0:08
  • Maybe this is useful? – Sklivvz Mar 5 '12 at 0:21
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    Added a notable source, which I would respectfully suggest was almost certainly a product placement. – Oddthinking Mar 5 '12 at 4:01

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