Dairy and I are getting a divorce. There. I said it. Although I’ve loved dairy for many years and we’ve made some wonderful memories together, some relationships simply run their course and this is one of them. Yes I will miss ice cream and whipped cream and light cream in my coffee. No, I’ve never met a cheese I didn’t like. Still, it has become clear to me that dairy has got to go and I have more than enough reasons why.
Milk Is For Babies, Baby.
Think about it. No other animals on the planet drink the milk of another animal and no other animals drink milk once they’re weaned from their mothers. You wouldn’t drink milk from your cat or dog would you? There is no reason for human babies to drink the milk of another animal and no reason for human adults to drink milk at all. My son was allergic to milk as a baby and I couldn’t nurse so he drank soy milk. He was a perfectly healthy little boy (and is now a perfectly health big boy). We don’t have to miss the calcium milk gives us. According to studies done by Harvard University, while calcium is linked to lower risk of osteoporosis and colon cancer, too much can lead to greater risk of a number of other cancers. Spinach, broccoli and calcium enriched tofu can provide all the calcium an adult needs without the added fat, cholesterol and hormones of cow’s milk.
White Is The New Brown.
Despite what we’ve been taught about the health benefits of dairy, it isn’t green and it isn’t clean.
According to this article on How Stuff Works, a farm with 200 cows produces waste equivalent to a town with 5,000 people! That’s where your cheese is being made! Heard enough yet? Wait, there’s more. Dairy cows are kept in deplorable conditions in stalls full of waste and disease and when they’re done producing milk, they are sent to be slaughtered and turned into ground beef. These are not free range grass fed cows that are ending up in your kids’ burgers.
Everything You’ve Learned About Dairy Is Wrong.
Dr Mark Hyman is a nutritional expert who studies food and its relationship to health and what does he have to say about dairy? Nothing good. In fact he advises total avoidance. According to Dr Hyman, calcium doesn’t protect bones as well as we thought, contributes to increased cancer risk and dairy itself contains harmful hormones, fat, cholesterol and allergens.
Personally, I find that I can’t digest dairy the way I used to. I’m relieved to know that that’s just fine. I can eliminate dairy from my diet (hello, soy ice cream!) and still be as healthy as ever, probably healthier.