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Although Milk has been portrayed as the epitome of health drinking, research has suggested otherwise.
Firstly, we are the only mammals who drink milk, telling us that we were actually meant to stop drinking milk after weaning, and only breast milk was ideal. Many people who are lactose persistent have the ability to produce lactase, an enzyme which digests lactose: the sugars in milk. We only recently produced the ability to keep producing lactase a couple of thousand years ago, and 60% of the world are still lactose intolerant. Not only does this cause problems such as bloating and diarrhea, Milk is also one of the most commonly reported food allergies. This is also troublesome for our bodies. Other studies have linked milk consumption to cancer, diabetes, skin problems such as acne and heart disease. Furthermore, research on Calcium suggests that its ability to produce strong bones is merely a myth and strong bones are formed from other factors. Most of these studies fail to explain the relationship though, relying on correlation - not causation. Either way, Milk production nowadays is a heavily industrialized process. Cows are fed processed food, injected with chemicals such as hormones and antibiotics making the milk heavily contaminated. We suggest alternatives such as goat or sheep milk but even healthier alternatives would be almond, rice or hemp milk or soya, although soya is also very processed.
On lactose intolerance / lactase persistence:
Famine may have driven evolution of milk tolerance
“Most of us grew up drinking milk. We were told it was the ultimate health drink. It is packed full of nutrients like calcium and other minerals, vitamins, including vitamin D, protein, fat and sugar in the form of lactose.”
Got Proof? Lack of Evidence for Milk’s Benefits
“There is no biological requirement for cow's milk. It is nature's perfect food, but only if you are a calf.”
Breast milk ideal food for first two years of life:
Exposure to un-pasteurized milk protects us from allergies:
Milk as an over-rated nutrient:
Milk not great for bone strengthening:
Reasons to avoid dairy:
New study claims milk increases risk of death, cancer - but an expert says the findings are flawed
“Analyzing more than 61,000 women and 45,000 men, Swedish researchers found that women who drank three or more glasses of milk every day had nearly two times the risk of death and heart disease, and a nearly 44% increased risk of cancer, compared to women who drank less than one glass a day.”
Milk may be linked to bone fractures and early death
“‘Drinking more than three glasses of milk a day may not protect bones against breaking – and may even lead to higher rates of death,’ the Mail Online reports.”