The American Dairy Association has put a lot of money and effort into convincing the public that dairy products are healthful and should be a part of a well-balaned diet. Here, are 8 reasons why dairy products should NOT be a part of your diet.
1. Most dairies are inhumane.
Most cows are kept in filthy conditions and made to produce 10 times more milk than they naturally would for years at a time. They are subjected to various antibiotics and growth hormones to increase the production of their milk and then these antibiotics and hormones end up in the milk produced. Some is removed, but not all, and what is left is consumed by you.
2. Humans are the only species to drink the milk of another species.
We also drink milk and eat dairy products into adulthood and throughout our lives. The human digestive system is not made to easily digest milk once we are weaned and it is definitely not made to digest milk produced by another animal.
3. Milk is processed to the point where it is unrecognizable and is rendered to being basically white water.
Pasteurization is the heating of the raw milk to extreme temperatures meant to destroy the pathogens and bacteria the milk contains. This process also destroys the enzymes, vitamins and proteins naturally found in the milk. These enzymes are necessary for nutrient absorption and without them the rest of the milk is basically useless.
4. Milk from another species is difficult for humans to digest.
Milk is meant for calves and not humans. The human digestive tract was not designed to digest and absorb the nutrients contained in the milk of another species. Continuing to consume milk into adulthood can result in digestive difficulties, intolerances, and allergies, which often result in inflammation and other conditions.
5 You may be lactose intolerant and not even realize it.
About 75% of the world is lactose intolerant to some degree and most don’t even know it. Lactose intolerance is the inability to digest the sugars naturally found in milk. These sugars are broken down by the enzyme lactase, which is produced in the small intestine. The severity of the symptoms of lactose intolerance depends on how much lactase, if any, your body is able to produce. Symptoms include bloating, stomach cramps, gas, diarrhea, vomiting, skin rash, fatigue and malabsorption. The symptoms are often mistaken for something else or thought to be “normal’. Food is not supposed to make you feel this way!
Some people of Northern European descent continue to produce lactase throughout their lives, but 25% are still lactose intolerant. You can develop lactose intolerance at any point in your life, but it is most commonly developed in adulthood. Lactase is produced by all mammals but usually the body stops producing lactase after weaning.
6. Pasteurization doesn’t remove everything.
Even after pasteurization most milk is still tainted with some various antibiotics, hormones, steroids, pesticides and pus. These are just concentrated when the milk is turned into cheese. When you consume the milk, it is absorbed into your body.
7. Do you really want to ingest 59 bovine hormones?
Milk contains 59 hormones naturally, one of which is a natural growth hormone called IGF-1 (Insulin Growth Factor One). IGF-1 causes rapid growth and is designed for the calf’s rapid growth after birth, so it can grow from a calf to a cow.
The FDA recently approved the use of Bovine Growth Hormones (rBGH) by dairy farmers to increase milk production (from IGF-1). rBGH causes an increase in IGF-1 in the milk of commercial dairy cows, which means when you consume the milk that you also consume the extra IGF-1. As it’s function is to support rapid growth, IGF-1 has been found to promote the growth of tumors and the transformation of healthy breast cells to cancerous cells. Allowing the use of rBGH makes the milk genetically modified. All milk is genetically modified unless it is clearly labeled “no rBGH”. The use of rBGH is banned in both Canada and Europe, and because of this, neither country will sell American dairy products.
8. The consumption of milk has been linked to the development of the following diseases and conditions:
Early Sexual Maturation
Early Breast Growth
Chronic Ear Infections
ADD or ADHD
Diarrhea & Constipation
The next time you go to pour yourself a glass of milk or put that slice of cheese on your sandwich, stop and think about what where it came from and exactly what you are putting into your body. There are several alternatives to milk such as soy, almond or coconut milk to name a few. All have advantages and disadvantages but all are a better choice than dairy milk. That milk mustache used in all the dairy commercials isn’t such a wise choice. Just say ”Not” to milk.