Exposed: What’s Really In Your Glass Of Milk?
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Ever since we were little we were told to drink milk. ‘You gotta grow big and strong’, they said. From teachers to family members, everyone was obsessed about how much milk we drank. Brainwashed by the mainstream media, the countless commercials. Unable to react and question the obvious. Why are we the only species on the planet consuming another mammal’s breast milk after infancy?
‘Milk is good for you’. We took that granted.
Milk’s representation in the media hasn’t truly changed. But the technological revolution has resulted to us having available information 24/7 with the touch of a button. The internet has been a huge game changer in respects to how people choose to educate themselves.
But the problem remains. The dairy industry has been funding studies to support their bias for decades. And a large percentage of the population is not skillful at breaking down research and concluding whether on not there is a conflict of interest involved. Their studies don’t even have to be conclusive. They only need to be controversial.
Good News About Our Bad Habits
People are always ready to hear good news about their bad habits. What people are not prepared for, is change. Conflicting information is enough to throw us off guard. The biggest threat to education is doubt. And conflicting information results in doubt.
You would think that by now, after a myriad of conclusive evidence against the consumption of dairy, the classic food pyramid taught in schools would have changed drastically. Unfortunately, this is not how the world works. The meat and dairy industry have strong ties with governments and policy makers, not to mention endless chunks of money! It’s no wonder that the idea that we need meat and milk is still pushed onto us from a very young age.
Sure, milk does contain calcium. But do you know what else it contains? Well, let’s break it down:
Lactose is a sugar that needs the presence of the enzyme lactase in order to be digested. While all humans have this enzyme at birth, only a very small percentage of us retain it after weaning. That is why around 70% of the world’s population is, to some degree, lactose intolerant.
The absence of lactase later in life is an evolutionary adaptation. Since drinking milk after infancy would be redundant, our bodies have evolved to stop producing it.
Some argue that milk is nature’s perfect food. Sure! If you are a calf!
This protein is found in large quantities in cow’s milk. They are extremely difficult to digest and have been scientifically linked to type 1 diabetes and cancer promotion.
Contrary to calves, human babies need much less protein. Apparently we don’t need to grow to a 200 pound cow fast….Go figure!
There is no evidence to suggest that animal proteins such as casein and whey found in cow’s milk is good for human consumption. In fact, there is evidence that point towards the opposite direction.
Milk is extremely high in saturated fat. A glass of whole milk contains 2.5 grams.
Saturated fat has been shown to raise the levels of LDL cholesterol in the blood. Higher levels of LDL cholesterol are directly linked to cardiovascular disease, stroke and obesity.
Hormones & Growth Factors
The hormones and growth factors in milk, are meant to assist the growth and developmental needs of a baby cow. It literally takes only a year for a calf to turn into a full sized cow.
A fully grown human on the other hand, is negatively and severely affected by these hormones and growth factors. There is compelling evidence to suggest that oestrogen and insulin-like growth factor 1 (IGF-1) found in dairy accelerate the growth of malignant cells.
IGF-1 increases the risk of several cancers including breast, prostate, colon and lung cancer. And I know what you might be thinking. But what about pasteurization? Well, IGF-1 is not destroyed in the process of pasteurization and is therefore present in all milk and dairy products.
Somatic Cells (Pus)
Pus and blood is a common occurrence in milk since in Canada, Europe, Australia and New Zealand up to 40000 somatic cells and up to 750000 in the U.S, are legally allowed in every milliliter.
Considering the conditions in which cows live, it’s not difficult to understand that they are extremely prone to disease. Cramped up in small unsanitary spaces, forced to reproduce year after year.
Cows often suffer from infectious diseases such as brucellosis, bovine tuberculosis, foot and mouth disease, mastitis, viral pneumonia.
Mastitis is an inflammatory disease of the udder which causes the production of white blood cells. In combination with dead cells, they are excreted into the milk as pus.
Before you head for that cheesy pizza, ask yourselves: ‘Is it really worth it?’
Nowadays, there are so many brands that offer dairy free alternatives. With so many options available, it’s easier than it has even been to cut out dairy from your daily diet for good.
Choose health over disease. Choose compassion over cruelty.
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- Ischaemic heart disease, Type 1 diabetes, and cow milk A1 β-casein, Laugesen, M. ; Elliott, R.B.
- Substituting dietary saturated for monounsaturated fat impairs insulin sensitivity in healthy men and women: The KANWU Study. Diabetologia. 2001 Mar;44(3):312-9. B Vessby, M Uusitupa, K Hermansen, G Riccardi, AA Rivellese, L C Tapsell, C Nalsen, L Berglund, A Louheranta, B M Rasmussen, G D Calvert, A Maffetone, E Pedersen, I B Gustafsson, L H Storlien
- Lipotoxicity: why do saturated fatty acids cause and monounsaturates protect against it? J Gastroenterol Hepatol. 2009 May;24(5):703-6.C J Nolan, C Z Larter.
Insulin-like growth factor (IGF)-I, IGF binding protein-3, and cancer risk: systematic review and meta-regression analysis. DrAndrew GRenehanPhDMarcelZwahlenPhDProfChristophMinderPhDSarah TO’DwyerMDProfStephen MShaletMDProfMatthiasEggerMD