Should you DRINK YOUR MILK????
Drink your milk! How many times have mothers told children this? Millions? Billions? Milk is ingrained into our brains as the healthiest food on the planet. Indian's worship cows and cow's milk is considered next to nectar. Maneka Gandhi, at one time India's minister for the environment said that "Milk is like cow's blood" and I will never forget the uproar it raised. You can talk against meat, against processed food, against GM food, everybody will listen. But just try saying one word against milk and you will raise the hackles of the world. But what is the truth? Try these factoids for size
Milk Sugar is indigestible
The enzyme required to digest milk sugar, lactose, is called lactase. It dis-appears from the human intestine at the age of three! That's right. After 3, milk is virtually indigestible. No wonder kids above 3 don't like it their taste buds automatically dislike milk because it is indigestible. And we ignore the warning signs, and disguise the milk with sugar, horlicks, bournvita, chocolate to fool the body. And what happens? When milk comes into contact with the acidic gastric juice after it is swallowed, it immediately forms thick, hard to digest curds that coat the stomach and intestines and hampers digestion. Estimates say that 50-50% of the world's adult population is lactose intolerant.
Milk protein is indigestible
The enzyme required to digest milk protein, casein, is called rennin. It too dis-appears from the human intestine at the age of three. Casein is used to make some of the strongest wood-working glues. Think what it can do to your insides..
Milk is species-specific
Cow's milk is meant for calves. Goat's milk for goats. Human milk for babies. The various antiobodies in the milk protect the young ones from diseases specific to the species.
Cow's milk is meant to turn a small calf into a huge cow in a short span of a couple of years. A human baby does not put on so much weight in two years. But it will, if fed with cow's milk!
No animal drinks milk after it is weaned
Milk is no longer recommended for infants below the age of one even by the American Association of Pediatricians!
The Physican's Committee for Responsible medicine denounces the use of milk. They say (backed up by evidence) that it is the cause of many diseases
What about the cruelty to cows? They are made forcibly pregnant every year to make them give milk. They are kept awake and milked at night so you can get your milk in the morning. They are fed banned drugs (oxytocin) to increase milk production. They are usually kept cramped up in unhygienic conditions, so they fall ill and get infected. To prevent this, they are fe huge amounts of anti-biotics which find their way into the milk.
And spare a thought for the poor calves, who are deprived of their mother's milk so you can have it?
In a nutshell, the calcium in cow's milk is coarse and not easily digestible. Further, a gastric medium is required to digest the cow's milk which is high in protein. This leads to over-secretion of acidic gastric juice, leading to an acidic environment. The body then WITHDRAWS calcium from the bones to neutralise it. Excessive milk consumption can then actually cause calcium deficiency and osteoporosis!
Where to get the calcium from, then? Nuts, seeds, Green leafy vegetables have abundance of calcium. And sesame seeds (til seeds) are the richest source of calcium in the planet. And anyway, when you stop eating animal products, the body no longer needs to withdraw calcium from the bones to neutralise the acidic environment created by meat eating. Therefore your calcium needs fall and even a lower amount you eat is adequate.
Still not convinced? There's lots more information.
Hard facts and Figures Wonderful reference sites with LOADS of links and information. You will not believe what you see on these sites - that something you thought was good for you was so bad..
Does milk cause Sudden Infant Death Syndrome?
Does milk consumption cause bone disease?
Does dairy consumption play a role in heart disease?
Are there growth hormones in cow's milk?
Is there a milk and dairy link to diabetes?
Does milk consumption cause Crohn's disease?
Is there something in milk that causes breast cancer?
Are dairy products responsible for allergies?
Do physicians support your NOTMILK position?
Are dairy products responsible for early sexual maturity?
What about organic milk from healthy cows?
Are death rates high in dairy consuming areas?
Are there dioxins in milk and dairy products?
Are genetically engineered milk hormones dangerous?
Is colostrum a miracle health product?
If I don't drink milk, how will I get my calcium?
Is there a hidden presence of milk in food products?
Does milk consumption cause prostate cancer?
A huge list of sites on lactose intorerance, casein intolerance, milk free reciptes
The information available in these three sites could fill a book. I have limited space on this site and do not want to duplicate information, so just go there!
By the way, almond milk and coconut milk are excellent substitutes for cow's milk and much more healthy. How do you make it? Take half cup of almonds and blanch them in boiling water for 30 seconds to be able to pop the skins off. Now take the almonds and grind them to a powder in a blender. Add one cup of chilled water and blend until it gets a smooth milky consistency. Strain and bottle. Keeps in the refrigerator for upto a week. And it can be used anyway that milk can. Use grated coconut for similar results.
What about yoghurt?
Yoghurt is milk partially digested by bacteria, so it is not as harmful as milk. However it is still not good for you. During the transition period (change from an average diet to a healthy diet) it should also be avoided. Later on, after a year or so, if you like, you can add small portions not more than 2-3 spoonfuls to your salad ocassionally.
What about cheese?
The same story. If you must, a small portion of cottage cheese can be had occasionally after the transition period, added to your salad. Do not cook the cheese, as in a pizza!
What about buttermilk?
Again small quantities occasionally after the transition period.
Is milk fat. So is not as bad as milk itself. Very Small quantities OK occassionally.
And what about the ancients? They drank milk by the bucketful, if legends are to be believed. Perhaps they did, but it was fresh, raw, unboiled, unpasteurised milk, from their own cow which was well-treated like a member of the family, not drugged with anti-biotics, allowed to graze on the fields and not cooped up. The milk available after the calf had its fill was used. Under those circumstances, milk would probably be a better choice than it is today.
To end, now for some old-fashioned rhetoric
Q. If I don't drink milk, where am I going to get my calcium from?
A. Contrary to popular advertising beliefs, milk and dairy are not the best way to get calcium. Although milk is rich in calcium, it's also high in animal protein and prevents your body from actually absorbing the calcium. Roughly 25% of the calcium in milk and dairy is absorbed by the human body. On the other hand more than 50% of the calcium in vegetables is absorbed by the body. Below are some examples of superior calcium sources compared to a 3.5 ounce glass of whole milk:
Milk: 119mg calcium per 3.5 ounces
Sea Vegetables 800-1400mg calcium per 3.5 ounces
Almonds 233mg. calcium per 3.5 ounces
Black beans 135mg. calcium per 3.5 ounces
Kale 134mg. calcium per 3.5 ounces
Collard Greens 117mg. calcium per 3.5 ounces
Garbanzo beans 150mg. calcium per 3.5 ounces
Quinoa 141mg. calcium per 3.5 ounces
Watercress 151mg. calcium per 3.5 ounces
One last thing...... and you may want to sit down for this one because it will go against everything you've ever been conditioned and programmed to think and believe your entire life. THE MILK FROM THE COW IS NOT FOOD FOR THE HUMAN BEING. Never was, never will be, it's that simple. The milk that comes from the HUMAN breast is for the baby HUMAN. The milk that comes from the GORILLA's breast is for the baby GORILLA. The milk that comes from the ELEPHANT is for the baby ELEPHANT. The milk that comes from the HORSE is for the baby HORSE. The milk that comes from the COW is for the......who? The answer is.......baby COW.
All "normal" mammals stop producing the enzyme, lactase (used to digest lactose) and lose the ability to digest their baby food (HELLO - milk is baby food) once they have been weaned. The weaning process begins as your teeth start to come in. Do you have teeth in your mouth? If the answer is yes, it's time to get off the nipple. If you are lactose intolerant it's a good thing. Your intolerance to milk as an adult means that you've been properly weaned.
Ever wonder where the cow gets it's calcium from? How about a horse? I want you to visualize in your mind a beautiful horse, with it's massive body of muscles and strong bones and let's not forget about it's great teeth. I've got news for you, the horse does not run over to the barn in the middle of the night, wrestle the cow to the ground, flip it over and drink the cow's milk. So where does the horse get its calcium? The horse eats grasses, grains and vegetables - that's it.
"STOP listening to the advertisers!!! Cow's milk does NOT do a human body good"