If it’s not your mother, it’s not your milk. Cow’s milk and other animal’s milk are known to be a good source of calcium. When you were a kid, you were always encouraged to drink milk to be strong, but it turns out, Milk is bad for you. Unfortunately, calcium from animal milk is not absorbed as well as that from plant-based sources, and it can be accompanied by a number of health problems.
1. Brittle Bones
In a Swedish medical study, women who consumed large quantities of dairy milk daily were more likely to sustain fractures than those who drank little to no milk.
2. Prostate Cancer
Some evidence suggests that the consumption of milk and other dairy products leads to an increased risk of prostate cancer. Conversely, dairy-free diets have been followed to slow the progress of prostate cancer.
3. Lactose Intolerance
Cow’s milk contain sugar called lactose which is difficult for some people to digest. This leads to nausea, bloating, gas, cramps and diarrhea. It can also lead to develop later in life some worse symptoms.
The consumption of all types of cow’s milk was linked to an increased prevalence and severity of acne in both boys and girls according to multiple studies.
A single serving of milk can contain as much as 24 mg of cholesterol, whereas vegan food has no cholesterol.
6. Ovarian Cancer
A Swedish study showed that women who consumed four or more servings of dairy products each day were twice as likely to develop serous ovarian cancer as those who consumed two or fewer servings of dairy products each day.
Unlike lactose intolerance, milk allergies, usually in young children, are characterized by potentially strong and dangerous reactions, such as vomiting or anaphylaxis.
Many cows are pumped full of antibiotics. This practice is leading to antibiotic-resistant bacteria, which may decrease the effectiveness of antibiotics used on humans.
9. Saturated Fats
A single serving of whole milk can contain more than 20% of the recommended daily allowance (RDA) of saturated fat, but even 1% milk has 8% of the RDA. If you consume three servings of whole milk, you’re already at 60% for the day, even before eating any food.
10. Bad for Weight loss
A study of more than 12,000 children showed that the more milk they drank, the more weight they gained, and skim and 1% milk appeared, counter-intuitively, to lead to more weight gain than drinking 2% or whole milk. The study also found that replacing soda with milk did not lead to weight loss.
11. Bone Loss
Instead of promoting bone health, animal protein in dairy products can have a calcium-leaching effect.
12. Common Sense
Besides humans, no species drinks milk beyond infancy or drinks the milk of another species. Cow’s milk is suited to the nutritional needs of calves, who have four stomachs and gain hundreds of pounds in a matter of months, sometimes weighing more than 1,000 pounds before they are 2 years old.
So, if you’re not a baby cow, it’s time to accept the truth: “If she’s not your mom, it’s not your milk.”
These health factors, combined with the environmentally damaging nature of large-scale milk production, make it clear that milk is bad for you. If you think it’s time to ditch dairy products, go vegan, and check out these healthier, more absorbable vegan sources of calcium!