Can anything be wrong with milk? When we were young we drank three glasses of milk a day. And we ate a lot of cheese and yogurt. Dairy products were considered extremely healthy.
In 2015 the USDA (United States Department of Agriculture) still recommended three glasses of (fat free or low fat) milk per day for adults. The question is of course whether their dietary guidelines are free of agricultural concerns.
Of course, what we ate and drank when we were young brought us were we are now. Nevertheless dairy has lost much of its appeal. So, what’s wrong with milk?
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The ‘wrongs’ of milk
Some myths about milk have been dismantled. The ‘wrongs’ of milk are diverse. Milk can cause nasty respiratory and digestive problems. Moreover, some of the replacements of milk produce comparable problems.
The best proof of the downfall of milk is the decline in its sales. On 12 November 2019 the largest USA based milk producer, Dean Foods, filed for bankruptcy. Milk consumption in the USA has declined more than 40% since 1975. In contrast in 2018 the sales of oats milk alone rose more than 600% in the USA.
Milk and calcium deficiency
The most persistent myth to be punctured, is the myth that the calcium in milk and yoghurt prevents osteoporosis. Doubts have been cast on de-calcination as a source of osteoporosis. Osteoporosis is probably caused by other dairy products, stress, and the consumption of sugar, Ritalin, and cannabis.
Moreover, there are many alternatives to counter a calcium deficiency. Sources of calcium are sardines, salmon, kale and cereals.
But be aware, too much calcium can lead to calcification of the arteries and to kidney stones. When you’re 50 years and over, you should not consume more than 2 grams of calcium a day. The USA Office of Dietary Supplements recommends 1 gram per day for healthy adults between the ages 19 and 50.
Milk disturbs respiratory and digestive systems
Cows have four stomachs. These enable the cow to convert difficult to digest grass into milk. This milk is meant for newborn cows. When young cows are done with milk, they start to eat grass.
This is how it works for humans. Only newborn humans can digest milk. After 2 to 3 years their body is actually no longer suited for milk.
The inability of humans to digest milk is clear from two affections. Milk increases the formation of mucus in the respiratory tract. This can cause asthma problems or bronchitis. Already in 1957 Hannie [LINK: facebook? agewithcare?] was forbidden to drink milk. She was put on a lactose free diet for three years to counter bronchitis.
The mucus produced by milk also sticks to the inside of the intestines and thus prevents an undisturbed intake of food. In other words, milk disturbs the respiratory and digestive systems.
What’s wrong with soy?
Soy as a replacement of milk is not so good either. Soy is used as animal feedstuff and a source of protein for vegetarians.
However, soy contains disproportionate amounts of estrogen. High levels of estrogen may impair immune systems. Soy milk also aggravates asthma problems and sticks to the inside of the intestines.
Besides soy has some substantial environmental issues. It is the main cause of the destruction of great tracts of rainforest in Brasil and other parts of the world.
The environmental threats of milk
The milk of cows also has a very serious impact on the environment. Cow’s milk requires much land. Almost ten times more than almond milk. The used to produce cow’s milk is almost twice as much as is used for the production of almond milk. For oats milk the amount of water used is even more economic. It’s 1/15th of that of cow’s milk.
Compared to plant based milks, cow’s milk produces the greatest amount of greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions such as CO2, NOX (27% of cow’s total GHG) and methane (half of cow’s total GHG).
Cows fart and belch methane. In the USA alone this counts for 22% of the annual methane emissions. Methane has a global warming potential of almost a 100 times more than carbon dioxide. Nitrous oxide (NOX) has a global warming potential of almost 300 times that of carbon dioxide.
Nothing’s wrong with milk
Apparently a lot is wrong with cow’s milk. However, milk remains an important source of proteins. It’s clear though that there are enough and a large variety of replacements on the market. There is nothing wrong with plant-based milk.
Besides, you can replace all animal proteins with nuts, fruits, cereals, and vegetables. Good cereal sources are buckwheat, oats, rye, millet, maize (corn), rice, wheat, sorghum, amaranth, and quinoa.
Vegetable sources for protein are lentils, kidney beans, white beans, mung beans, chickpeas, cowpeas, lima beans, pigeon peas, lupines, wing beans, almonds, Brazil nuts, cashews, pecans, walnuts, cotton seeds, pumpkin seeds, hemp seeds, sesame seeds, and sunflower seeds.
If you still want to drink milk, but prefer plant-based alternatives, you can buy different types in any organic shop. And even supermarkets offer at present more and more varieties of alternatives, such as oat, rice, almond, and coconut milk.
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