Got milk?

May 9, 2007 at 10:56 pm | Posted in Nutrition Info | 5 Comments

got milkThe other day we had a cup in our house that said, “Got milk?” I think Jason must have gotten it free some where.

Well, I had this big debate in my head over this cup.

You see, we don’t drink milk. We are allergic to it. But not only are we allergic to it, in my search for substitutes for milk products, I have become very aware of the research showing that milk is not all it is cracked up to be.

So, I thought, I just can’t promote this product that is so misleading and causing loads of health problems for much of our society that has bought into their marketing. And I quickly threw the cup in the trash.

You may be wondering what is so bad about milk.

The Chicago Tribune cited milk as, “the sacred cow of the American diet, and that it is under attack and not just by animal-rights activists. Though federal dietary guidelines and most mainstream nutrition experts recommend that people age 9 or older drink three glasses of milk a day, researchers are examining the role of dairy in everything from rising osteoporosis rates, Type 1 diabetes and heart disease to breast, prostate and ovarian cancer.”

Some leading practitioners of integrative medicine, including best-selling author Dr. Andrew Weil, suggest eliminating dairy products from the diet to help treat irritable bowel syndrome, asthma, eczema and ear infections.

And apparently Starbucks has even decided to “Hold the Hormones”. An article at MSNBC says that “Starbucks is moving towards milk that is free of the artificial hormone known as rBGH, which is given as a supplement to dairy cows to increase milk production. Critics say that rBGH given to dairy cows increases the level of another growth hormone in both cows and humans known as IGF-1, and that elevated levels of IGF-1 has been associated with increased cancer rates. Critics also say growth hormone supplements are harmful to the dairy cows.”

There is even more information out there to prove that cow’s milk is just that…milk for cows.

And as for the question which I get asked a lot, “How do you get your calcium?” Milk is not the only source for calcium. In fact some researchers are finding that are bodies don’t really absorb that much from milk as we think, and that we can get as much, if not more calcium from other food sources (especially green vegetables). In fact, in a 100 calorie serving of romaine lettuce, there is more calcium than milk. And broccoli has about the same amount as milk per 100 calories. And to put your mind at ease for my calcium intake…I have had my blood work checked and my calcium levels are great (and I have been off dairy for almost a year).

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  1. Ok, so we don’t drink a whole lot of milk at our house except for in our cereal (the kids never liked it and we got our calcium from yogurt which has more than one glass of milk in a small container). We drink/eat all organic no hormones milk, cheese and yogurt. So, I am wondering if it is the dairy that is bad or the hormones in the dairy products??

  2. Great question, Jen. The hormones in non-organic milk are definitely bad (not to mention the pesticides, antibiotics, and blood found in milk). But, dairy products in and of themselves are bad. They contain no fiber or complex carbohydrates and are laden with saturated fat and cholesterol. Dairy products are linked to allergies, constipation, obesity, heart disease, cancer, and other diseases.

    And dairy products may actually cause osteoporosis, not prevent it, since their high-protein content leaches calcium from the body.

    There is lots more info out there…but that summarizes it.

    On a personal level…I have seen a huge difference in my gut and sinus issues since stopping dairy products. In fact, when I eat dairy now…I can totally feel my body react. It feels like I have been hit by a truck! And the next day my sinuses are way worse!

  3. Actually, there are many people who believe that it’s not the dairy products that are bad for us, it’s what we do to the dairy products before we consume them that is bad for us.

    When you pasteurize milk, you denature the enzymes that are in the milk to help your body digest it.

    Also, most dairy products come from cows that have been stressed in huge dairies fed animal products and fed and injected with all sorts hormones, antibiotics, and chemicals.

    It’s no wonder people get sick from the dairy products that are readily available in our food supply today.

  4. Very ture, Tamera. In fact, I have read lots of information which speaks very positively towards RAW dairy (unpasteurized). And we have even bought it for a time in our house. But, the problem is that RAW diary is not readily available. In fact, we live in Florida and it is illegal to sell it for human consumption. Not to mention it is $13 a gallon. So, for my purposes here, to the general audience…dairy is not healthy. It’s a shame that RAW dairy is not more available.

  5. We were a milk family. Braden LOVES milk. Now we drink water and I only buy organic milk, but prefer getting raw milk, with live enzymes, locally. No allergies in this family, but the research is enough!

    Kudos to you for your healthful choices!


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