Milk seems to be one of the most controversial products around. Some say that people and especially children need to drink plenty of milk to grow and develop strong bones and teeth. Others says that we should stay well away from it. So who do we believe? I’ve done some research on the matter and will let you draw your own conclusions.

 

Acidic

Similar to refined grains, dairy is very acidic. Lactose is a sugar found in milk. When it decomposes, if feeds harmful microforms. Even before breaking down, dairy products just like most animal foods contain microforms and mycotoxins.

Lactose

A lot of people are lactose intolerant. This is mainly because they don’t have enough lactase to break this milk sugar down. Most people produce less lactase after two years of age.

Hormones, antibiotics & pesticides

On top of that, dairy products contain hormones and antibiotics that cows are given. Due to poor quality of feed, there’s also pesticide residue in the milk. Modern cow milk has 40% more pesticides than an equivalent sample of grain or vegetables.

Mucus forming

Because of all these toxic and acidic qualities, dairy is the leader of all foods in forming sticky mucus. After all, mucus is designed to coat and draw the toxins out of our system so they don’t do even more harm.

Strain on the liver

Furthermore, milk is designed for calves. It is full of components that are of no use to us. The body must use extra energy and resources to convert it to absorbable form or be eliminated as toxins. This puts extra strain on organs such as liver.

Calcium?

Some people say that the advantage of dairy products is that it is a good source of calcium. However, where does the cow get the calcium from? There are plenty of plant sources of high quality calcium. Leafy green vegetables and grasses such as wheat and barley grass are very high in calcium. Other sources are celery, cauliflower, okra, onions, green beans, avocados, black beans, chickpeas, tofu, almonds, hazelnuts, mesquite, carob and sesame seeds.

Calcium from plant sources is of a much better quality. Calcium from cow’s milk, however, is too concentrated and is difficult for the body to absorb. Furthermore, to ensure the best uptake, the body needs the right calcium-magnesium ratio. Plant sources of calcium provide a better ratio of these two minerals than dairy products. There’s ten times more calcium than magnesium in cow’s milk, which is very unbalanced.

Casein

Dairy also contains casein, which comprises 85% of protein in cow’s milk. It makes milk even harder to digest. When casein reacts with the stomach acid it forms large clumps. These are difficult to break down into molecules that can be absorbed. Casein intake has even been linked to autism and cancer. A safer source of protein is plant based.

Saturated Fat

Another disadvantage of dairy products is that it is high in saturated fats which promote the production of arachadonic acid. When there ‘s too much arachadonic acid in our system, it can lead to inflammation and exacerbate problems such as eczema and asthma.

Puss

One cubic centimeter of commercial cow’s milk is allowed to have up to 750, 000 puss cells before it is kept off the market.

Processed

Finally, milk goes through such rigorous processing that any nutrients that may have been there are destroyed. During the process of pasteurisation, beneficial bacterial are killed as well as harmful bacteria. Furthermore, enzyme, proteins, vitamins and minerals are largely destroyed. The higher the temperature, the more nutrients are destroyed. Robert Young says that pasteurisation doesn’t even work. When pasteurised milk is left out it rots and skinks where as raw milk curdles naturally and solidifies.

Nutrients

The advantage of best quality raw organic dairy products is that does supply protein, vitamin B12 and other nutrients that could be of benefit, especially to vegetarians. According to Chinese medicine, milk is yin and benefits thin and weak people with tendency towards dryness.

The Dilemma

Its a dilemma many people have of whether to drink milk or not. I don’t want to leave you facing a brick wall. In the short term you can start cutting milk down. Less tea, coffee and cereal are obvious ones, which will have other health benefits. Try herbal teas and fruit for breakfast. There are also healthy alternatives to milk such as soya, rice, almond or my personal favorite oat milk made by “Oatly“. You can get dairy alternatives from Unicorn, wich is an organic vegan shop in Manchester.

So, it seems to me that if having any milk at all, it is better to opt out for organic and raw. However, because of strict regulations in the UK it is very difficult to find raw milk unless you have your own cow! Pasteurised cheese is not so hard to get. You can find them in organic shops like “Wild at Heart” in Manchester.

This image made me laugh. Cows are not my pet of choice!