Does Milk Do a Body Good?

istock_000003050763xsmallWe’ve all been told to drink our milk. After all, it builds strong bones and keeps us healthy right?  Well there is increasing evidence of the negative health implications of dairy. It seems the dairy industry may not be telling us the whole truth all these years.  Below are 6 truths about dairy

1. Dairy products have long been associated with calcium consumption in order to build healthy bones and reduce risk of osteoporosis. However, clinical research shows otherwise. There are more bone fractures in countrys that consume milk products (US, Canada, Great Britian) then those that don’t (Asia, Africa). The Harvard Nurses’ Health Study, which followed more than 75,000 women for 12 years, showed no protective effect of increased milk consumption on fracture risk. In fact, increased intake of calcium from dairy products was associated with a higher fracture risk. An Australian study showed the same results. Additionally, other studies have found no protective effect of dairy calcium on bone.

Research shows that vitamin D (from the sun) and magnesium help the absorption of calcium. While some dietary factors are actually harmful to calcium absorption such as excess protein, excess sodium, caffeine, highly acidic foods and nightshade vegetables (tomotoes, potatoes, peppers and eggplant)

2. Milk is not the only source of calcium. There are various other foods that provide the body with calcium such as kale, swiss chard, sesame seeds, tempeh and soybeans. Pasteurization has also been shown to kill off calcium in milk. 

3. Dairy causes inflammation in the body. Because of this, it has been linked with acne by at least three large-scale studies reported in the American Journal of Dermatology. Research shows that there is up to 44% more chance of developing acne in those who drink milk.

4. Dairy may cause and contribute to the growth of  cancer. Dairy is acidic and cancer thrives in an acidic environment. More then that however, The China Study showed that rats were given aflatoxin, a possible carcinogen. Those rats that had a diet of 20% casein (a milk protein) developed carcinogenic tumors 100% of the time, while those served 5% casein had no sign of cancer. Meanwhile, switching the rats from a 20% casein diet to a plant-based diet resulted in a decrease in tumor growth. Switching back to the casein diet brought renewed tumor growth. 

5. Those that eliminate dairy from their report a huge increase in energy, reduction in allergy symptoms and cramping. 

6. Approximately 75 percent of the world’s population is lactose intolerant, which means that they are unable to fully digest dairy. Lactase is the enzyme needed to digest lactose, and most people stop producing it around the age of 5.

Every body is different, so with just a little experimentation and observation, you can probably figure out what’s best for your body type in terms of dairy. You may want to try removing all dairy products-including mik, cheese, butter and yogurt- from your diet for up to 3 weeks. At the end of this time period take note of any change in your body. Have any symptoms such as bloating, headaches, post-nasal drip, skin breakouts, cramps, mucus, allergies or fatigue diminished? Introduce dairy again-did any symptoms reappear? If you do well with dairy, stick to high-quality, organic products, since these tend to be less processed.

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2 responses to this post.

  1. […] 19, 2009 Filed under: Uncategorized — lizm123 @ 8:19 pm Last month I posted an entry The Truth About Dairy…now a recent article has come out with yet another reason to cut dairy from our diets. […]

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  2. […] 11, 2009 I’ve written several entries regarding the truths about dairy, what the USDA and RD’s are not telling us. So several people may be wondering if I am not […]

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