Drinking milk every day is advice that many people follow. There is now increasing evidence that milk is not nearly as healthy as is commonly believed. Health-conscious people are now giving up milk and are turning to alternatives.
Here are a few good reasons to give up milk in the future:
- It is said that milk keeps our bones healthy. Quite often the opposite is the case. Milk does not prevent broken bones or osteoporosis. According to the Nurse’s Health Study, dairy products may actually increase the risk of fractures. Countries in Africa or Asia, where almost no cow’s milk is consumed, have the lowest rates of osteoporosis, which is certainly not only due to the low milk consumption but among other things. also because the people there still move a lot and are outdoors a lot (vitamin D).
- Milk does contain calcium. However, their calcium is not necessarily better usable than that from plant sources. At the same time, milk provides very little magnesium – and magnesium in particular is at least as important for bone health as a good supply of calcium. Very good vegetable sources of minerals are green leafy vegetables such as spinach, tahini (sesame paste), and kale.
- Cow’s milk has been linked to the development of acne and other skin conditions in at least three large studies commented on in the American Journal of Dermatology. Research shows that milk drinkers have a 44 percent increased risk of developing skin problems in the form of acne.
- Dairy products can increase the risk of cancer. Research has revealed that a higher intake of dairy products increases the risk of prostate cancer in men by between 30 and 50 percent. Additionally, drinking milk increases insulin-like growth factor type 1 (IGF-1) – also known as somatomedin C. This factor is considered carcinogenic.
- Almost 75 percent of the world’s population suffers from lactose intolerance, which means they are unable to digest the milk sugar in dairy products. They lack the enzyme lactase, which breaks down milk sugar. The lactose ferments in the intestines, with the result that those affected suffer from severe flatulence and diarrhea.
- Often even more problematic is the milk protein, which many people cannot tolerate and which can cause chronic respiratory diseases, frequent infections, headaches, and digestive problems.
- Those who suffer from chronic health problems often experience a significant improvement in their health if they consistently avoid dairy products. Especially in the case of intestinal problems, skin problems, allergies, and any inflammatory processes in the body, cow’s milk products should be strictly avoided at least as a test for a few months.
- Get out in the sun as much as possible to boost your vitamin D levels, as this vitamin is critical for calcium absorption and bone health.
- Instead of dairy products, eat green leafy salads and/or vegetables every day to cover your calcium needs.
- Many people tolerate goat’s milk and sheep’s milk better than cow’s milk.
- Avocados are an excellent butter substitute. Their creaminess and taste make it easy for you to do without butter.
- Coconut fat/oil is also a good substitute for people who want to avoid dairy. This butter-like fat is excellent for frying and baking because it is very heat stable.