This may come as a surprise and contrary to what we have always known, nevertheless it's worth exploring. There is increasing evidence that milk and milk products are not necessary in our diet and can, in fact, be harmful for health. Some aspects to consider are:
The only milk suitable for children is their mothers'. Due to the unhealthy sugar, protein and fat in animal milk, there is greater risk for developing obesity, allergies, anemia, constipation and even juvenile diabetes. Casein, the protein found in milk is a strong mucous forming substance that can irritate and clog the respiratory system making them more susceptible to infections, asthma, bronchitis and sinusitis.
Lactose, the sugar in milk is difficult to digest and can lead to diarrhea, bloating and gastrointestinal pain. More than sixty percent of the world's population is lactose intolerant and at risk for development of other chronic diseases if they continue to take dairy due to the high saturated fat and cholesterol content in milk and milk products.
Contrary to popular belief, clinical studies have found no protective effect of milk on bones or the prevention of osteoporosis, a bone thinning condition. Infact, increased intake of calcium from dairy has been associated with a higher fracture risk due to its acidity factor that causes calcium to leach out from our bones to maintain the blood ph levels.
Several cancers especially hormone dependant ovarian, testicular, breast and prostate have been linked to the consumption of milk and milk products due to the increase in an insulin like growth factor, IGF1 in the body. Milk also contributes the majority of estrogen intake in the human diet whereas milk protein has been identified by studies as a cancer promoter.
Synthetic hormones are commonly used in dairy to increase the production of milk. The continuous milking results in inflammation of the animal's udders with painful mastitis and requires use of antibiotics for treatment. Samples of milk and other dairy products can often have traces of pus, blood, antibiotics, hormones and even pesticides.
Humans have no nutritional requirements for animal milk. Adequate and healthy protein or calcium can be obtained from various plant sources with the added benefits of fibre and essential micronutrients but without the risks associated with dairy.
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