4 Eye-Opening Reasons You Shouldn’t Be Consuming Cow Milk
Posted by Healthy Truth on Jul 10th 2019
You probably remember the “Got Milk?” campaigns when you were a kid. Various athletes and celebrities would don the infamous milk mustache and claim that your bones will get stronger and you’ll be healthier if you drank more milk. But the uncomfortable truth is, there’s a lot of evidence out there proving that cow milk is bad for you.
This is a hard truth to stomach for a lot of people because milk was a staple for most of our childhood. Our parents and schools fed us cow milk because they didn’t really understand the dangers of it at the time, but we’ve seen so many big changes in the animal agriculture industry in the last few decades that it has resulted in some negative consequences in the dairy we consume. So before you buy that next half gallon of cow milk (even if it’s organic), consider opting in for a non-dairy option instead, like almond, oat, or cashew milk. Here are TK reasons why cow milk does your body no good.
Milk Has Been Linked to Increased Risk of Cancer
Regularly drinking milk and consuming related dairy products has been known to increase your risk for lung cancer, breast cancer, and ovarian cancer. Milk contains many micronutrients and bioactive constituents that could help cancer cells grow faster in the body. The World Cancer Research Fund and American Institute for Cancer Research have concluded that there’s a probably association between milk intake and prostate cancer. This is especially scary if you come from a family that has a history of cancer.
Milk Can Cause Osteoporosis
Wait, what? Isn’t milk supposed to give you stronger bones? It’s one of the greatest myths of all time. We’re led to believe that milk is full of calcium, which strengthens our bones and keeps our heart, muscles, and nerves healthy. However, studies have shown that milk can actually deteriorate your bones.
A study published in the British Medical Journal showed that 96,000 people who drank a lot of milk as teenagers experienced more bone fractures than those who didn’t. Another study found that stress fracture rates of young girls weren’t decreased at all by consuming dairy. In fact, the animal protein in dairy induces acidosis from the sulfur-rich amino acids, which causes the body to take calcium from its own bones in order to neutralize the increased acidity. You can imagine how this has a negative effect on the bones.
Most Humans Actually Can’t Properly Process Milk
You probably didn’t know that lactose intolerance affects the majority of people in the world. 95 percent of Asian Americans, 70 percent of Native Americans, 53 percent of Mexican Americans, and even 20 percent of Caucasians lack the proper enzymes needed to break down lactose, which is the sugar found in cow milk. If you’re lactose intolerant, you’ll experience symptoms like bloating, gas, diarrhea, and general abdominal discomfort. If any of these sound familiar, chat with your doctor immediately to find out if you’re lactose intolerant.
Treatment of Dairy Cows Is Cruel and Inhumane
This is the most uncomfortable thing to talk about. The current animal agriculture industry pumps cows with artificial hormones and constantly inseminates them in order for them to give birth and produce vast amounts of milk. At birth, they then tear the babies away from their mothers and send them off to be slaughtered or meet the same fate of being a dairy cow for the rest of their lives. Dairy cows are shoved into small spaces where they’re forced to eat foods they are not born to process — grains and corn — so they’ll produce more and more milk. They often live in their own feces and are shut inside a cramped space, hidden from the grass, sun, and the outside world.
What’s happening now in the mainstream animal agriculture industry is beyond cruel and these are the companies that make up more than 90 percent of the dairy we consume in America. By being more conscious and caring about where our food comes from, we can prevent unnecessary cruelty from taking place in this world.