Milk is for Baby Cows
By Lenny & Larry's. Posted on April 20, 2017.
That was the popular slogan used during the 1990’s to boost slowly declining sales of milk. It worked too because by 2016, an estimated 223 billion liters are consumed globally.
Claims that milk is an essential dietary staple have been published by the dairy industry for years. The main argument is that it is an excellent source of protein and calcium.
In recent years, however, those claims are being refuted.
According to the Harvard School of Public Health, it is
“not clear that dairy products are really the best source of calcium for most people.”
If you drink a lot of it, it can
“paradoxically weaken bones.”
The reason for this is because milk is highly acidic, causing the body to leach calcium in order to counteract the damaging effects of inflammation.
However, the dairy industry is doing an excellent job of convincing the public otherwise.
Let’s take a look at some of the myths surrounding the health benefits of milk.
Myth 1: We Need It For Strong Bones
Our bodies need around 600 milligrams of calcium per day. With 300 milligrams in one cup, milk is considered an excellent go-to source for our calcium requirements.
However, a health study by The Harvard Nurses which followed more than 75,000 women for 12 years, showed no protective effect of increased milk consumption on fracture risk.
In Sweden, a large observational cohort study found that women who consumed more than 3 glasses of milk on a daily basis, had almost twice the mortality rate over 20 years compared to women who consumed less than one glass per day.
The study also concluded that high milk drinkers have more fractures!
Although milk is a source of calcium, it is a poorly absorbed form that increases calcium loss from bones dues to acidity.
Amy Lanou Ph.D., nutrition director for the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine in Washington, D.C., states 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.”
Plant foods, on the other hand, are an excellent nutrient-rich source of calcium. In particular, green leafy vegetables. These types of foods are also high in vitamins, minerals, and phytonutrients.
Next time you consider calcium for healthy bones, you might want to head to the fresh produce aisle.
Myth 2: It’s A Great Source Of Protein
It is also generally accepted that milk is an excellent source of protein.
Unfortunately for producers, milk has been scientifically linked to an increase in:
- Prostate cancer.
- Ovarian cancer.
- Type 1 diabetes
- Multiple sclerosis.
- IGF-1 (Insulin-like Growth Factor-1) levels.
- Increased cholesterol.
Dr. T. Colin Campbell, author of The China Study says that casein, the predominant protein found in milk (80%) may promote cancer.
With so much evidence shining a light on the many issues with milk protein, it makes sense to search for healthier alternatives.
Ask yourself this. Where does the gorilla get its protein?
A gorilla doesn't drink milk or eat any animal products yet it is one of the most powerful animals on the planet.
Where does the cow get its protein?
The answer is the same place as the gorilla. They both get them from plant foods.
According to a large study by the Massachusetts General Hospital, plant proteins as associated with a lower risk of death. Other benefits include good fiber, weight loss, phytonutrients, and healthy fats.
To reap the rewards that some of the largest and strongest animals on the earth enjoy (elephants, giraffes, hippos, rhinos), stick to plant-based proteins.
Great sources include:
- Leafy Greens
“Milk is for babies”
Do you know that humans are the only species on the planet to consume the milk of another animal?
Not only that, but we are the only species to consume it beyond infancy. We are also the only species to contract a plethora of illnesses and disease.
Simply put, cow’s milk is designed to turn a 65lb calf into a 700lb cow. It is baby calf growing juice. Much like goats milk is baby goats juice, sheep milk is baby lamb juice and mother’s milk is human baby juice.
Everything in milk from the hormones, lipids, proteins, sodium, and growth factors, is purposefully designed for a baby calf. The same goes for mother’s breast milk.
With so many allergies, reactions, intolerances and diseases connected to drinking cow’s milk, it should come as no surprise to realize that we are not designed to consume the milk of another animal.
If you really want to consume milk try purchasing one of the many alternatives such as:
- Rice milk
- Soya milk
- Oat milk
- Hazelnut milk
- Cashew milk
- Almond milk
- Coconut milk
Or better still, make some of your own. All you need to make nut milk is a blender, nuts, water, and a sweetener such as honey, dates or stevia.
Now that you know that there are much better sources of calcium and protein than milk, you can begin to gradually wean yourself off the drink.