Every where you look, there are alternatives now – almond milk, cashew milk, coconut milk, soy (nasty thing that is, but that’s another story) milk, rice milk etc. But why is this, why have these been invented? As tren maybe, or are they because we are starting to slowly learn about the dairy and the negative affects it has on our body!
Along with protein only comes from meat and vitamin C you can only get from citrus, Dairy is one of the other most misunderstood thing in the nutritional world, I believe.
And don’t worry if you are one of these people who still believe milk is good for your bones and health, you are not the only one and you are certainly not to blame either.
You can thank the lovely dairy industry for your misconception on this topic; of course they want you to believe how good it is, so that they continue to make money.
But myself like many others no longer are followers of this, I’m here to teach you a few things to help you make your own decisions and understand actually what dairy or milk in this case actually does to the human body.
But if I don’t have milk or yoghurt, how will I get my Calcium you say? Don’t I need it? Doesn’t drinking milk give you a large amount of it?
So let us start with our friend Calcium – As I go on to learn more and more about the body and understand its functions I learn what we need just to get through our daily duties and calcium is one of them. It’s a vital mineral that is essential for your bone and teeth formation, muscle growth, heart health and nerve transmission. So as you can already see Calcium is paramount for a healthy and well functioning body.
But CALCIUM is the key word here, NOT DAIRY.
It doesn’t come as a surprise to me that the dairy industry has spent millions on marketing; as we are all so brain washed in believing that their products help us achieve the daily amount of calcium that we require. These ads are well designed and marketed carefully so we all fall into the trap, however there is more and more evidence now that this is far from the truth.
Lets start with the process of pasteurisation;
This process has been shown to distort the three dimensional shape of the proteins in milk, converting them into foreign proteins that can be harmful to your body.
The heating of milk alters the amino acids lysine and tyrosine, thereby altering protein digestion. (1)The heating of the milk, also destroys saturated milk fats, increasing free radical damage. (1)
Vitamin B12 and B6 is also destroyed during this processes as is 50% of the vitamin C content and 80% of other water soluble vitamins (1)
Pasteurised milk also has chemicals added to it to suppress the odour and improve taste.
Now for Casein; the protein in milk
irritates the immune system, stimulates mucous production and aggravates exiting conditions of chronic bronchitis, sinusitis and ear infections
Longitudinal studies have shown that casein in fact leeches calcium from our body. A publication in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition clearly demonstrates that 18 years of milk consumption did not help prevent hip fractures in post-menopausal women.
Researchers have found that if allergies run in the family, the potential allergens should be avoided especially during the last trimester and lactation to prevent an early allergy in the child.
Early introduction of cow’s milk in susceptible children, has been found to trigger the onset of juvenile diabetes, asthma, eczema, and a variety of allergic conditions.
Most adults are unable to digest lactose, this is because we grow as bodies stop making the enzyme lactase which is needed to break down lactose.
The acidic nature of dairy promotes bone loss
Countries with the highest dairy consumption in world also have the highest incidence of osteoporosis
So not only are all the things above enough reasons to avoid calcium but what about the best part – the fact most dairy products (if you dont buy organic) commonly contain antibiotics, steroid hormones and pesticides all shown to weaken our immune system.
So if you want strong bones and a healthy body – get your calcium elsewhere. I have added a few examples below of non dairy calcium sources;
Broccoli 1 cup = 95mg calcium
Spinach 100g = 160mg
Kale 1 cup = 180mg
Figs ½ cup = 120mg
Almonds ¼ cup = 94mg
Almond Butter 2 tabs = 94mg
Tahini Butter 2 tabs = 130mg
Hemp Milk 1 cup = 460mg
Amaranth 1 cup = 275mg
Compare that to 100mls of cow’s milk which only contains 115mg of calcium.
I hope that I have helped you to pull the wool from your eyes, learn that what we are consistently fed through media should not be seen as is and hopefully provoked you to do some of your own research and learn more about the dairy industry and how good milk really is for you.
Weisnier R. Dairy foods and bone health: examination of the evidence. Am J Clin Nutrit. 2000: 72(3): 681-9
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