Like most people in North America I grew up drinking milk. In fact I was a milk-o-holic. I loved milk, I drank it every morning and at almost every meal. I often drank milk as a snack between meals. As I grew up I thought I was going to be extra healthy because of all that milk I was drinking. Turns out I was dead wrong. Milk is not actually good for you. Not only does it not give us calcium, it actually depletes it! Keep reading if you want to know how.
Mother Natures perfect food?
Yes…for a baby calf, until it’s weaned. All mammals produce milk and feed it to their young, but we are the only ones that continue drinking it throughout our adult lives, and we are definitely the only ones who process and drink the milk of another animal.
The problem with drinking a liquid meant for a baby?
It contains stuff meant to make that baby grow quickly. A baby calf puts on about 300lbs in it’s first 5 months. Inside cows milk are growth hormones to make the calf grow quickly. In nature baby animals have a greater risk of being attacked by predators, so the quicker they grow the safer they are. When we consume these growth hormones on a regular basis, they have negative effects on our bodies. One of the worst being cancer development.
What secrets are lingering in that pretty white liquid?
- At least 59 active hormones
- Allergens (like casein)
- Lots of Fat and Cholesterol
- Herbicides, pesticides, dioxins, antibiotics (Aka poisons)
- Blood, pus, feces, bacteria and viruses
I thought my milk was only 2% fat?
This is actually just tricky labeling by the industry. The milk labeled as 2% Fat actually has 35% of your calorie intake from fat. In addition, meat isn’t the only culprit to your high cholesterol. All animal products, milk included are loaded with bad cholesterol (LDL), leading to heart disease, our nations #1 Killer. If you have high cholesterol, stop drinking milk!
I need to drink milk to prevent osteoporosis and calcium deficiency.
Wrong again! Where do you think those cows get their calcium from? They certainly aren’t drinking each others milk until they get old. They get it from plants! Calcium from plant sources has a high percentage of magnesium. Magnesium is required for the body to be able to use the calcium we consume. Milk does not have enough for us to use the calcium. Did you ever wonder why the nations (like ours) that drink the most milk have the HIGHEST rates of bone disease? Does this make sense? Not if milk is supposed to do our bodies good.
But all those commercials tell me otherwise, why would they lie?
Why are any commercials on the air? To get you to buy stuff. All those ‘got milk’ commercials are put on the air by the dairy industry. The government gives out millions in subsidies, and much of it is spent on those clever ads we see on TV. Just like a commercial for a pharmaceutical drug, they want you to believe milk will do good things for your health, and don’t want you to know about all the bad ‘side effects’.
What bad stuff does milk really do?
Well it’s linked to a long list of health conditions
- Cancer (American milk is actually banned in Europe because of this *rBGH*)
- Heart disease
- Digestive problems
- CALCIUM DEFICIENCY
Why would drinking milk cause calcium deficiency?
One of calcium’s primary uses in the body is to maintain pH levels (It’s a buffer). When we eat too much acidic food (basically anything processed ranging from gummy bears to wheat flour – essentially the basis of the Western Diet) our body uses buffers to deal with that acidity. That means it uses up the calcium. Milk itself is an acid forming food, so when we drink it, our body might have to use the calcium from our bones to deal with that acidity. It has the OPPOSITE effect as what they advertise.
Where can I get calcium from then?
The best sources of calcium are actually fruits and vegetables. Societies that don’t consume a lot of milk (as seen in the China Study) and rely on a plant-based diet have very few problems with bone disease and bone fractures (hip being our most common).
- Dried herbs (add them to your meals to make them delicious)
- Savory, celery seed, thyme, dill etc
- Flax (also great for omega-3’s)
- Green leafy veggies (you’ll get much more than just calcium too)
- Turnip or dandelion greens, kale, collard greens
- Some nuts and seeds
- Sesame seeds, almonds, brazil nuts
So it may come as a surprise, but milk is actually not good for you or your bones. Supplement your diet with whole foods rich in calcium (milk is not a whole food, it is a processed food). If you decide to give up milk, you might even be surprised next time you step on the scale. You’ll probably be a few pounds lighter from cutting out the extra fat intake.