There is no biological requirement for cow’s milk and there is a lack of evidence for any benefits from milk consumption. And, drinking low-fat milk may actually only make matters worse. Milk does not grow strong bones and studies show that it may increase the risk of cancer and promote weight gain. The idea that milk builds strong bones is big business and politics at their worst and patently false. All those posters that we had in school telling us about our need for milk was nothing more that marketing by the dairy industry.
Got Proof? Lack of Evidence for Milk’s Benefits
Dairy and milk products do not promote healthy bones. In a large meta-analysis, milk did not reduce risk of fractures. Other studies have shown it can increase fracture rates. And the countries with the lowest milk consumption have the lowest risk of osteoporosis and fractures. Calcium is not all it’s cracked up to be. Studies show that higher calcium intakes are actually associated with higher risk of fracture.
Milk may not grow strong bones, but it does seem to grow cancer cells. Milk increases the hormone called IGF-1 or insulin-like growth factor, one that is like Miracle-Gro for cancer cells. Dairy products have been linked to prostate cancer. And cows are milked while pregnant (yes, even organic cows), filling milk with loads of reproductive and potentially cancer-causing hormones.
There are other problems with milk, too. It increases the risk of Type 1 diabetes. Dairy is a well-known cause of acne. And of course, dairy causes millions around the world (75 percent of the population) to suffer digestive distress because of lactose intolerance. It causes intestinal bleeding in 40 percent of infants, leading to iron deficiency. Allergy, asthma, and eczema all may be triggered by dairy consumption.
I know that when I stopped eating cheese, ice cream, yogurt and milk, my health dramatically improved and it certainly helped me to lose weight. I grew up on a dairy farm with raw milk, real cream, butter and ice cream. As an obese teen and young adult, I lived on cheese, butter, cottage cheese and ice cream. I remember when I first started learning about the health dangers of all dairy products I couldn’t imagine life without cheese.
It’s been more than 10 years since I knowingly consumed dairy products and I haven’t missed it a bit. Living without dairy is surprisingly easy and the healthy benefits are exponentially worth it.
If you can’t imagine your life without dairy, here is my challenge to you: Go 6 weeks with no dairy and see how you feel. If you take me up on this challenge, please comment below and let me know that you are starting this healthy lifestyle change, keep me posted on your progress and the health benefits that you notice.
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