Reasons for stop drinking milk

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We have been hearing for ages that milk is great for us because gives our body the calcium it needs, but recent researches show that we were wrong. The dairy industry has inverted huge amounts of money into advertising campaigns designed to mesmerize, lure, and frighten individuals into consuming their products. From educational institutions to doctor’s offices through magazines and books we assume that dairy products are a natural part of our diet.

But, think about this… The milk of a female cow is perfectly suited to turn a 65-pound newborn calf into a 500-pound cow in less than one year! Human beings are not designed to drink any milk except human milk (only during infancy, of course). Consuming dairy products (milk, cheese, yogurt, sour cream, ice cream…) is not that green and healthy as we thought. Actually, milk is a poor source for dietary calcium and we can get it form a plant-based diet.

Besides, milk is submitted to different processes which make it lose some of its properties such as pasteurization and homogenization:

  • Pasteurization process: Pasteurization is a process of super heating the dairy product up in order to destroy the pathogenic microbes that cow’s milk contains so they are unlikely to cause disease. Unfortunately, this process also destroys the natural enzymes found in the milk that the human body requires in order to break it down when it is consumed. The human pancreas was not designed to break down the mother’s milk of animal species, it is often lacking when it attempts to deliver the enzymes necessary to break down the milk; people whose pancreas is unable to produce sufficient enzymes are called lactose intolerant. Continued consumption of cow’s milk can cause your pancreas to become overworked to the point that you develop lactose intolerance at any point in your life.
  • Homogenization in milk processing: Homogenization is a process where the fat in milk normally separates from the water and collects at the top. This process allows the sale of non-separating milk at any “low-fat” specification. Removing the fat in the milk produces skim milk; unfortunately, the removal of the fat keeps our body from properly digesting the milk, leaving behind the many vitamins and minerals that are naturally found in milk.

Milk is high in saturated fat, yet switching to skim will not make you lose weight, and may do just the opposite. Fattier milk increases satiety, decreasing your chances of eating something starchy and sugary later on. So… if you want to keep drinking milk, better whole milk than “low-fat” milk.

Dairy free and lactose alternatives:

There is no evidence that your health will suffer if you stop drinking it, as long as you are getting enough calcium and vitamin D from other food sources. Living dairy-free has never been easier…

Milk: soy, rice, or nut milk can replace cow’s milk in any recipe. Soy and rice milks are available in a variety of flavours (vanilla, chocolate or strawberry)

  •  For desserts: almond, oat or coconut milk.
  • For buttermilk: combine one cup soy milk and one tablespoon vinegar.

Cheese and yogurts: try one of the non-dairy products offered on the market such as soy cheese or yogurts. There are some brands that make dairy free alternatives with plant-based products such as soya, almonds, hazelnuts and rice

So, after seeing my brother stops drinking milk because of all the consequences that dairy products have, and my flatmate who stops as well because she read a research in the “Journal of the American Academy of Dermatology” that found an association between dairy consumption and acne. I decided to change to soy milk and see how that goes. I just encourage you to research the subject further in order to make up your own mind.

What do you think? Is milk bad for us? Share your opinion and experiences with us.
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