Should Humans Drink Cow Milk ?
Dairy is nature’s most perfect food – BUT only if you are a Calf!
Based on over 20 years clinical exp. And the advice of many peers these are some of the reasons you should avoid milk.
Dr Walter Willett M.Dl, PhD one of the most cited scientist in all of clinical medicine and the head of nutrition at Harvard’s School of Public Health is one of milk’s fiercest critics and calls the common Food Pyramid spouted by the media with having three glasses of milk at the top as “udderly ridiculous”. Let’s look at some of the reasons why:
In the 1970’s in the UK the Milk Marketing Board were one of the first in this country to really understand the potential of marketing a food. If you can make it sound good for you then it becomes better business. You grew up on it and the government said it was good for you but should humans drink cow milk ?
But what are we drinking?
Another aspect of milk production to consider are the way the cows are kept, not quite how you might imagine. A lot of cows are intensively farmed, fed GMO corn, given antibiotics.
What is in our milk?
Two common GMO’s that are used in farming:
- Genetically engineered bovine growth hormone (rGBH) which is a manmade or synthetic hormone used to artificially increase milk production.
- Growth Hormones!? Our Cows are often fed increased insulin growth factor 1(IFG-1) In those who drink it and this has been linked to several cancers and is an issue for Type I diabetes.
Milk doesn’t reduce fractures
Contrary to popular belief eating dairy products has never been shown to reduce fracture risks.
In fact evidence suggests that less dairy = better bones
Just look at countries with a lower consumption of milk like Africa and Asia, they have some of the lowest rates of Osteoporosis. Calcium is not as Bone-protective as popular belief. Studies of calcium supplementation have shown no benefit in reducing fracture risk, however vitamin D appears to be much more important.
A panel of scientist from the UDSA in America concluded that “Milk does not benefit sports performance” and all American advertisements with people displaying milk moustaches had to be removed where it was inferred it helped their sporting performance.
Interestingly a case control study of risk factors for hip fractures in the elderly indicated that consumption of dairy products, particularly at age 20 years, was associated with an increased risk of hip fracture in old age. (Case-control study of Risk Factors for Hip fractures in the Elderly” American Journal of Epidemiology. Vol 139, No. 5 1994).
Not everyone can stomach dairy
75% of the world’s population is genetically unable to digest milk and other dairy products – i.e. lactose intolerance. Surely this shows we are not designed to be drinking it! Interestingly it can take our bodies up to 4 hours to digest a glass of milk. So what are you thinking now, should humans drink cow milk ?
What is Lactose Intolerance:
Lactose intolerance is a common digestive problem where the body is unable to digest lactose, a type of sugar mainly found in milk and dairy products. Symptoms of lactose intolerance usually develop within a few hours of consuming food or drink that contains lactose. They may include: flatulence (wind) diarrhoea.1 Apr 2016
- Dairy can be linked to – Prostate Cancer.
- The saturated fats in milk can attribute to “Heart Disease”
- Dairy causes digestive problems for the 75% of people with lactose intolerance
- That dairy aggravates – Irritable Bowel syndrome (IBS)
Dairy is also a major contributor to allergies, sinus problems, ear infections, type 1 Diabetes and chronic constipation.
So what are the alternatives?
Raw whole organic milk does eliminate the concerns of pesticides, hormones, antibiotics and the affects of pasteurization and homogenization. For those who are not lactose intolerant it can be an alternative. However we are still not designed to drink the baby milk of a cow.
What mammal in the world drinks its mother’s milk after more than a few months or a couple of years – let alone drinking another animal’s milk? The majority of humans naturally stop producing the significant amounts of lactase – the enzyme need to properly metabolize lactose, the sugar in milk sometime between the ages of two and five. Ie the time most mammals are weaned from milk.
If you want good healthy bones supplement with Vit D3 around 2,000 iu.
Calcium that the body can assimilate is best in the form of dark green leafy vegetables, from sesame products like tahini, sea vegetables and sardines etc.
Giving up dairy can also mean you experience less sinus issues, post nasal drips, headaches and IBS.
See how you feel without milk in your life and notice what happens when cheese is avoided too.
I hope I have been of some help answering the question “should humans drink cow milk”
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