“Milk is very important to grow strong, healthy bones!” It’s what our parents and physicians have been telling us since we were young, so we grow up making cow’s milk a part of our everyday diet. Everything we eat/cook/bake has milk, milk protein, and/or traces of milk in it. But it is all a LIE!
Cow’s milk contains on average three times the amount of protein than human milk, which creates metabolic disturbances. Milk also has a positive potential renal acid load (PRAL), which triggers a protective biological reaction to neutralize all the damaging acidic protein before it reaches the kidneys. So, the body sacrifices bone density to protect the kidneys and urinary tract because the latter are essential to survival. The most readily available source of acid neutralizer is in the bones. So the very same calcium that our bones need to stay strong is utilized to neutralize the acidifying effect of milk. Once calcium is pulled out of the bones, it leaves the body via the urine, so the surprising net result after this is actually a calcium deficit.
Also, there is no need for humans to continue drinking any milk once they’re weaned – same applies to every mammalian species on this planet.
If learning that cow’s milk is not for the human body (nor does it give us any benefits) is not enough for you to stop drinking milk, then how about you do it for the innocent animals!
The Dairy Industry is Animal Cruelty
Dairy cows live a miserable life. Artificially inseminated on what dairy farmers call “the rape rack”, dairy cows gestate for the same 9 months we humans do, only to have their babies snatched away shortly after birth. All animals have the instinct to protect and nourish their young, and mother cows and their newborns suffer terribly for being separated. The young female calves will become dairy cows like their mothers, pumped full of hormones to grow huge udders. Male calves are sold to the veal industry. When a dairy cow becomes worn out by constant pregnancies and milking, she is slaughtered to enter the human and pet food supply.
For those who are concerned about calcium intake, calcium can be found in dark green leafy vegetables, such as broccoli, kale, bok choy, etc. It’s also in tofu made with calcium sulfate, and a variety of plant-based milks, such as almond milk, rice milk, soy milk, coconut milk, etc.