The human body was not meant to consume and digest the milk of another species. In fact, we are the only species that consumes the milk of another species and does so as adults. Cow’s milk was meant for baby cows, not adult humans.
I know, ice cream tastes delicious and there is nothing like a beautiful brie with a nice red wine, but the truth is there are an abundance of reasons why you should avoid or eliminate cow’s milk.
YOUR BODY CAN’T DIGEST IT PROPERLY:
You might not be diagnosed as lactose intolerant, but an astonishing three-quarters of us actually lack the enzyme to properly digest cow’s milk. This creates digestive suffering and irritable bowls. Most people begin to produce less lactase, the enzyme that helps with the digestion of milk, when they stop breastfeeding,
Symptoms of lactose intolerants are stomach pain, bloating, gas and diarrhea, which are caused by lactose malabsorption.
IT DOESN’T PREVENT OSTEOPOROSIS, IN FACT IT’S JUST THE OPPOSITE:
Yes, the dairy industry has done a spectacular job of marketing milk. Most of us grew up believing milk was the key to strong bones, and the prevention of osteoporosis but research simply doesn’t support this.
In fact, high milk intake is associated with increased risk of bone fractures according to a recent study in the British Medical journal. Studies also indicate that milk may actually increase a women’s risk of getting osteoporosis. A Harvard study which followed more than 72,000 women for 18 years, showed no protective effect of increased milk consumption on fracture risk. Instead of promoting bone health, animal protein in dairy products can have a calcium-leaching effect. Prof. T. Colin Campbell, professor of nutritional biochemistry at Cornell University, puts it this way: “The association between the intake of animal protein and fracture rates appears to be as strong as that between cigarette smoking and lung cancer.”
DAIRY IS LOADED WITH HORMONES:
Sadly, dairy cows are kept pregnant and on sex hormones their entire lives in order to produce milk for humans year-round. When you drink milk, you ingest those hormones even if your milk, cheese, yogurt, etc. is organic. The hormones cows are given most commonly are progesterone and estrogen, both of which have been shown to increase cancer in humans.
MILK CONTAINS PLENTY OF CONTAMINATES AND TOXINS:
Dairy products contribute to ¼ to ½ of most people’s dietary intake of dioxins!
Dioxins are a highly toxic compound produced in the manufacturing process of milk. They also don’t readily leave the body and can eventually affect the immune, reproductive and nervous system. Yuck!
Other contaminates often introduced during processing of milk products include melamine, which is also found in plastics, and negatively affects the kidneys and urinary tract due to its high nitrogen content, and carcinogenic toxins including aflatoxins. When farmers treat cows for conditions such as mastitis, an inflammation of the mammary glands that’s incredibly common because of the constant milking cows suffer, antibiotics are used — which means you also might be drinking those.
THE DAIRY INDUSTRY IS CRUEL TO ANIMALS:
Lastly, and most important to me as an animal lover and fellow earthling, the dairy industry is just plain cruel to animals. Virtually all dairy calves are stolen from their mothers within hours of birth in order to maximize profit. 97% of newborn dairy calves are forcibly removed from their mothers within the first 24 hours. (3) The rest are removed in a matter of days. On so-called humane dairy farms, cows are often taken within the first hour of birth as separation of mother and calf is considered less stressful when they have not been allowed to bond.
To keep them lactating at maximum yields, cows are artificially and repeatedly and forcibly impregnated year after year. The constant cycle of forced pregnancy and birth creates a huge surplus of calves.
Some female calves will join the milking herd. They typically spend the first 2 to 3 months of life confined in lonely hutches, fed a diet of milk replacer while humans drink the milk intended for them.
Whether on factory farms, “family” farms, or small, humane-certified farms, male calves and surplus females are sold to be slaughtered for veal or cheap beef. The veal industry would not exist without the dairy industry.
These are the sad facts folks. If the health issues associated with dairy are not enough to encourage you to eliminate or avoid it, perhaps the inhumane treatment of innocent animals will be.
There are so many great substitutes for dairy today with companies like Daiya creating wonderful alternatives for cheese. Coconut, almond and soy creamers make lovely lattes and mango and banana “nice creams” satisfy cravings. Check out my recipe HERE.