We have been told all our lives that cow’s milk is good for us. We see the many advertisements telling us how important it is for our health and overall nutrition. It is endorsed by all manner of celebrities and influential people so it must really be good, right? Yes it is true. Cow’s milk is good for you … if you are a baby cow.
But you are not a baby cow, are you? Well, if you are not a young calf, that changes everything, doesn’t it?
So Why is Milk Bad for You…. Here are 10 reasons.
1. High in Fat. You certainly don’t want that.
Whole milk is high in fats, much of which is saturated fats. As much as 50% of the calories in milk is from fats. I am sure you have heard of the health risks associated with high intake of saturated fat. Cardiovascular diseases top the list. Obesity is another and this weight issue is really getting out of control in the world today. There is also increased risk of diabetes and cancer just to name a few.
2. Lactose Intolerance
Human breast milk has the perfect combination of proteins, fats, carbohydrate, and fluids that new-born babies require and it is easily digested by the human baby. That is all babies need for the first 6 months of life. Cow’s milk on the other hand, has the perfect combination of nutrients to help a baby calf turn into a 400 pound cow in 8 months.
Even statistics point to the fact that cows milk is bad for you. Just think, 75% of the world’s population is genetically unable to digest milk. Can you imagine that. 3 out of every 4 persons cannot digest cow’s milk. They are lactose intolerant. I don’t know where in that number you fall but most persons will suffer one or more of the following if they consume dairy products; nausea, excessive gas, bloating, cramps and diarrhea.
3. Increases risk of bone fractures
Did you know that there is no evidence that dairy is good for your bones and prevent osteoporosis? That’s a surprise, isn’t it? That is what we have been taught all our lives.
But contrary to popular belief, drinking milk does not prevent osteoporosis nor does it decrease your risk of fractures. As a matter of fact, studies show that there is actually an increase in risk of fractures for persons who regularly consume cow’s milk (This is especially true for women).
We have always been told to drink milk because the calcium is needed for good bone health. Yes, it is true that milk is high in calcium, but its relatively high protein content, (especially when added to the high protein content of beef, chicken, fish etc., that some of us consume) actually leaches calcium from the bone. Drinking milk causes more harm than good.
In addition, only about 25 to 30 percent of the calcium in milk is absorbed by the human body.
The Journal of the American Academy of Dermatologists found an association between dairy consumption and acne. Studies done on teenagers revealed that the ones who drank the most milk had the worst cases of acne.
Many persons suffering from this condition can attest to the fact that removal of dairy from the diet resulted in better skin.
Milk allergies can cause potentially strong and dangerous reactions (usually in young children), such as vomiting or anaphylaxis. Allergies have reached epidemic proportions in the United States. Infants not exposed to cow’s milk develop far fewer allergies. They also experience less colic, eczema, and nasal and bronchial congestion.
Many people with diseases such as asthma, rheumatoid arthritis, hay fever, and digestive disorders such as irritable bowel syndrome, do better when they stop drinking milk.
6. Unwanted Antibiotics
Cows are normally given lots of antibiotics to keep them alive and ensure they keep producing milk. Unfortunately, the antibiotic is passed on to you when you drink the milk. The widespread overuse and misuse of antibiotics has resulted in the development of some super bugs that are resistant to just about every antibiotic that there is. A person is in serious danger if they are infected by any of these super bugs. Something as simple as a scratch can result in death if it becomes infected by antibiotic resistant bacteria.
7. High in Cholesterol
Certain proteins raise blood cholesterol levels, and casein, the protein found in milk, is one of the worst where that is concerned. We certainly want to ensure that our blood cholesterol is within normal levels as high cholesterol increases our risk of heart attacks.
8. Increase risk of cancer
Studies suggest that high intake of milk and other dairy products may increase a man’s risk for prostate cancer by 30 to 50%. And it is not only prostate. Studies also implicate milk as a probable contributor to breast cancer and ovarian cancer.
9. Environmental Impacts
This is not a direct impact on your health through actually drinking milk but it is an indirect impact on your health through the effects of milk production on the environment.
This occurs because dairy cows and their manure produce greenhouse gas emissions which contribute to climate change. Also, poor handling of manure and fertilizers can degrade local water resources and unsustainable dairy farming and feed production can lead to the loss of ecologically important areas, such as prairies, wetlands, and forests.
10. Ethical Consideration
Can you with a clear conscience, enjoy and derive any benefit from drinking milk, when you think of the abuse the cow goes through just to provide that milk, not for her offspring but for humans.
The cow is artificially inseminated and this is done in a rough and cruel way. Her calf is removed from her shortly after it is born so it will not be able to drink any of its mommy’s milk because humans want to drink it instead. Both calf and mother suffer tremendously from the separation.
A cow produces the most milk around 40 to 60 days after she’s given birth. Because a steady and continuous supply of milk is required she’s then impregnated again. Her milk production will slowly decline, until she’s “dried off” and stops producing at about 305 days after calving. About a month later she will give birth again and a new cycle will begin. Some cows are kept for about 10 cycles, but the large majority of dairy cows are slaughtered after only 3 or 4 cycles.
Can you drink your glass of milk with peace of mind after that information?
Milk is the perfect food for babies and yes the breast is best. But let’s be clear. The breast of the human provides milk for the human baby and the breast of the cow provides milk for the baby cow. If we stick to this principle, we will enjoy much better health.
Are you concerned about what you are going to have with your cereal. Have no fear. There are several milk alternatives on the market that you can choose from such as soy milk, almond milk, cashew milk, oat milk, rice milk….. You can have them all or choose your favourite. You definitely will not have to eat dry cereal.
The evidence shows that milk is not all that great for you after all and its consumption may have negative effects on health.
Are you concerned about how you will get all those important nutrients if you stop drinking milk?
No need to worry. All the nutrient you need for great health and wellness can be supplied adequately with a plant-based diet.
Why not give it a try.
Omit the milk and adopt a plant based diet. You will be pleasantly surprised at how well you feel.
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