Lie: Drinking dairy such as cow’s milk is good for you because it is high in calcium which promotes good bone health.
Dairy is one of the most commonly reported food allergies and is often not tolerated by the gastrointestinal tract. Therefore, milk can cause bloating, constipation and even reflux for many people. This is a problem that can extend beyond lactose intolerance. Clinically, milk may also be linked to increased eczema on the skin, worsening sinus problems, migraine headaches and joint pain. Milk is considered a mucus-producing substance that aggravates congestion. Frequently, these conditions resolve or improve when milk is removed or eliminated from the diet.
Truth: Much of the “regular” milk on store shelves is NOT healthy.
Milk cows are given both growth hormones to increase their milk production and antibiotics to decrease infections.
Therefore these additives become contaminants in the milk and their effect on the human body is not entirely known.
Cow’s milk is made specifically for calves
Has it ever crossed your mind that human beings are the only mammals who drink milk from another source other than their own mothers? No other animal does that. We adopted the terrible habit of drinking another species’ milk.
Amy Lanou Ph.D., nutrition director for the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine in Washington, D.C., stated that:
“The countries with the highest rates of osteoporosis are the ones where people drink the most milk and have the most calcium in their diets. The connection between calcium consumption and bone health is actually very weak, and the connection between dairy consumption and bone health is almost nonexistent.”
Today’s milk is a processed food
In the early years of the 19th century, milk was consumed unpasteurized or raw. Later on, homogenization became the industry’s standard. These processes altered milk’s chemistry and increased its harmful acidifying effects.
Nowadays, milking cows are given antibiotics and are also injected with a genetically engineered bovine growth hormone (rBGH). A man-made or synthetic hormone used to artificially increase milk production, rBGH increases blood levels of the insulin-growth factor 1 (IGF-1) in those who drink it. High levels of IGF-1 are linked to several cancers such as breast cancer.
The best milk substitutes
- Unsweetened almond milk. It is alkalizing.
- Soy milk.
- Milk from grass-fed cows. While most cows will graze on grass at some point in their lifetime, many will be shifted to some other feed source to increase their size and milk production. Cows fed exclusively grass will be healthier and thus produce healthier milk.
- Raw milk, which has not been pasteurized. Raw milk is a source of propionibacterium, a group of bacteria that is thought to benefit the health of the intestinal tract.
According to Robert Cohen, Executive Director of the Dairy Education Board, milk consumption is to blame for a variety of health problems such as:
- breast cancer
- diabetes (both diabetes mellitus and juvenile diabetes)
- kidney stones
- heart disease
- multiple sclerosis
- rheumatoid arthritis