I love cows. They are cute and kind of funny looking when they chew their food but I do not love moo juice or the products made from it. I’ve never been partial to drinking a glass of milk but I used to be a cheese fanatic. I would have it on baked potato with lashings of butter, in sandwiches, on crackers or just eat a slab of it for the heck of it. Little did I know it was having a detrimental affect on my body and lighting an internal fire of inflammation inside my body.
Here are 7 very good reasons not to consume dairy or to at least consume in moderation:
1. Cancer – In his book The China Study, Dr Campbell explains that a protein called casein, which makes up 87 percent of cow’s milk, promotes cancer cell growth. In fact, several cancers, such as ovarian cancer, have been linked to the consumption of dairy products.(1) In order to increase milk production, cows are given the bovine growth hormone (rBGH) – a man-made or synthetic hormone which increases blood levels of the insulin-growth factor 1 (IGF-1) which promotes inflammation and the higher the level of IGF, the higher the risk of developing cancer.
2. Osteoporosis – Despite the numerous adverts and campaigns to promote that dairy is good for our bones, this is simply not true. Dairy is so acidic for the body that in order to neutralise the acidic load and bring the body back into balance, it ends up mining the calcium from our bones in order to do so, putting us more at risk of developing osteoporosis. The Harvard Nurses’ Health Study,(2) 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.
3. Heart Disease – Dairy is high in saturated fat and cholesterol which increase the risk of heart disease not to mention adding lard to your butt and increasing cellulite! Reason enough no?!
4. Toxin Overload – Cows are injected with synthetic hormones to increase milk production and because they are producing an amount that is unnatural for them, they often develop mastitis – an inflammatory disease of the mammary glands. They are then treated with antibiotics. All of these nasties, including pesticides and other drugs are also found in dairy products which when consumed make their way into your body. This recent article discusses how cows milk often has dried cows blood added to it as a source of protein. Glass of milk anyone?!
5. Diabetes – Type 1 diabetes is linked to consumption of dairy products.Epidemiological studies of various countries show a strong correlation between the use of dairy products and the incidence of insulin- dependent diabetes. (3) (4)
6. Lactose Intolerance – As humans, we lose the enzyme needed to digest and assimilate lactose, the sugar found in milk which is why many people suffer from lactose intolerance. Sugars left undigested end up in the colon where they ferment and can cause bloating, nausea, flatulence, diarrhoea and cramping. Dairy is also linked to allergies, asthma, weight gain, mucous, acne and ear infections.
7. Dairy doesn’t like children – Colic in babies is often caused by breastfeeding mothers consuming cow’s milk. The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends that infants below one year of age not be given whole cow’s milk, as iron deficiency is more likely on a dairy-rich diet. Cow’s milk products are very low in iron. If they become a major part of one’s diet, iron deficiency is more likely.(5) A recent study (6) also linked cow’s milk consumption to chronic constipation in children.
I don’t know about you but I know for a fact that when I used to eat a lot of dairy products, I had more wobbly bits, looked like a puffa fish and felt rubbish. What do you think about cheese?
(1) Cramer DW, Harlow BL, Willet WC. Galactose consumption and metabolism in relation to the risk of ovarian cancer. Lancet 1989;2:66-71.
(2) Cumming RG, Klineberg RJ. Case-control study of risk factors for hip fractures in the elderly. Am J Epidemiol 1994;139:493-505.
(3) Scott FW. Cow milk and insulin-dependent diabetes mellitus: is there a relationship? Am J Clin Nutr 1990;51:489-91.
(4) Karjalainen J, Martin JM, Knip M, et al. A bovine albumin peptide as a possible trigger of insulin-dependent diabetes mellitus. N Engl J Med 1992;327:302-7.
(5) Pennington JAT. Bowes and Churches Food Values of Portions Commonly Used, 17th ed. New York: Lippincott, 1998.
(6) Iacono G, Cavataio F, Montalto G, et al. Intolerance of cow’s milk and chronic constipation in children. N Engl J Med 1998;339(16):1100-4.