(CBS Radio) — Like many other people, I was taught at a young age that milk was “good for us,” and that we should drink at least three glasses of cow’s milk on a daily basis to prevent rickets in our bones.
Cow’s milk was so “healthy for us” that not only did our parents encourage us to drink it, but our family doctors also raved about how “great” it was.
Fast forward to today, and research, scientific studies, and data all paint a different story. For starters, cow’s milk is the number one allergy in children in our country. In truth, cow’s milk is extremely difficult for humans to digest. Moreover, human beings are the only species on the planet that continues to drink milk throughout their lives.
Furthermore, research suggests that drinking cow’s milk contributes to obesity, has been linked to developing cancer, and may actually cause osteoporosis, rather than prevent it.
5 Worrisome Facts About Dairy
1. Because humans consume so much dairy, female cows are forced to suffer at dairy farms and produce milk at rates that leave their body weak, drained, and make them prone to infection and disease. Female cows are artificially inseminated every year to keep their milk supply active. Through hormone supplements, each cow will produce around 20,000 pounds of milk per year. These hormones remain in cow’s milk even after it’s pasteurized. The hormones found in dairy have been linked to early puberty, cancer, and acne.
2. Baby calves never drink their mothers milk. Instead, all of her milk is saved for human consumption. Additionally, baby calves are taken from their mothers within one to two days of birth. This causes immense suffering in both mother and baby.
3. Once pasteurized, milk loses most, if not all of its nutritional value. However, studies have shown that drinking almond or soy milk provides adequate amounts of calcium and protein, and contains less saturated fat, sugar, calories and sodium.
4. Factory farming is bad for the environment. Together, animals who reside on factory farms and dairy farms account for 1.65 billion tons of manure per year. Most of this waste ends up contaminating our water supply.
5. Because of the high demand placed on female cows to produce large quantities of milk each year, many of them suffer through painful infections such as Mastitis. Knowing this, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) allows 750 million pus cells per liter of milk — the highest in the world.
A mother’s milk is the best milk for her baby, however cow’s milk was simply not meant for human consumption — and yet, most humans eat a diet incredibly reliant on dairy. It’s quite plausible that our nations dairy dependency will one day be the death of us.
-QC Writer, CBS Radio