A large number of people have grown up with the myth that milk is healthy. However on closer examination, milk & milk products lead to very similar adverse health complications, as the consumption of meat products. The reasons behind these health complications are also similar, coming down to 2 primary reasons:
- It is unnatural for any adult animal to consume milk post weaning. Additionally, it is also unnatural to consume the milk of another species.
- Certain substances in milk products, cannot be effectively digested by our bodies, and is the primary driver behind a number of chronic diseases.
Consuming cow's milk
Milk is the most specialized natural food substance on the planet: (a) it is meant specifically for the rapid growth of a baby animal until it is weaned off milk (b) the milk composition of every species is unique with relation to the specific needs of that particular baby animal.
No other animal species continues to consume milk after weaning. This is becuase milk is needed for the very specific purpose of rapid growth, which can lead to complications if consumed after weaning.
Not only are humans unique in consuming milk post weaning, we choose to consume the milk of cows and buffaloes who:
- weigh 8-20x our weight
- have a stomach with 4 compartments
- have a significantly less developed brain
- and is meant for supernormal growth of a baby calf from 60 to 600 pounds in under 8 weeks.
Cow's milk has too much saturated fats & proteins, the wrong type of protein (casein), the wrong type of fat (saturated), a different nutrient structure and certain harmful hormones all of which damage human health.
Harmful substances in dairy products
Saturated Fats (linked to heart diseases, cancer and diabetes)
The role of fat in our diet is often misunderstood, with the type of fat being consumed being more important for human health than the absolute levels of fat being consumed. While mono & poly unsaturated fats are actually associated with positive health benefits, saturated & trans fats are responsible for adverse health issues.
Animal products (meat & dairy) are high in harmful saturated fats and are low in healthier unsaturated fats. Our body reacts to saturated fats in the following ways:
- accumulation of fat in the arteries, cause artery blockages & cardiovascular diseases
- saturated fats act as an insulin inhibitors, preventing insulin from delivering glucose to the body's cells, leading to an increase in blood sugar levels & diabetes.
- saturated fats also lead to increased hormone production, strongly associated with prostrate, breast, colon and other cancers.
Acidic proteins (linked to kidney diseases & osteoporosis)
Most people would be surprised to learn that the majority of us consume too much protein, and that a vegetarian diet not only provides (a) more than adequate quantities of protein (b) but a form of protein which is better suited for human consumption. Milk is associated with excess protein consumption by the body – increasing the strain on our kidneys for disposing protein wastes.
Additionally, animal proteins have more sulphur-containing amino acids (compared to a more alkaline form in plant based proteins), leading to an acidification of the blood. The body reacts by leeching calcium from our bones to neutralize this acidity. This leads to a fall in the bone mineral density (BMD) of our bones, and is one of the leading causes of Osteoporosis.
Lactose (causes lactose intolerance)
Lactose is the main sugar present in dairy products. Normally when a person eats something containing lactose, an enzyme in the small intestine called lactase breaks down lactose into simpler sugar forms called glucose and galactose. These simple sugars are then easily absorbed into the bloodstream and turned into energy, the fuel for our bodies. People with lactose intolerance do not produce enough of the lactase enzyme to break down lactose.
Unknowingly to most people, a vast majority of us are lactose intolerant. In fact, it is perfectly natural to be lactose intolerant, since our bodies are genetically designed to consume milk (i.e. human breast milk) only until we have been weaned off milk. Naturally, all animals reduce / stop producing the lactase enzyme post weaning, since they no longer have a requirement to consume milk.
Hormones (linked to breast and prostrate cancers)
Milk has growth hormones meant for the rapid growth of a baby calf within a short period. Estrogen and Insulin like growth factor 1 (IGF-1) are possibly two of the most harmful of these hormones, with strong linkages to increased breast and prostate cancer levels in humans.