Millions of people consume milk on daily basis in a variety of ways; whether it be with a cup coffee, a slice of pizza, or ice cream. Milk has been integrated into our daily lives since adolescence. Many of us remember when our mothers would force us to drink it by the glass full, in order to receive the benefits of strong bones. Since milk does contain calcium, there is a speck of truth to that argument. However what our mothers didn’t know was that milk does more bad than good. Over the years we have learned the ugly truth about milk. Here are three reasons why it is bad for you:
Reason #1: Contains Hormones
Many mass produced milks contain artificial hormones such as recombinant bovine growth hormone (rBGH), which has been linked to cancer. Even the organic milks that exclude artificial hormones still contain natural hormones. In particular, insulin-like growth factor-1 (IGF-1) is a hormone naturally found in milk. This hormone can cause acne, and even lead to faster aging of the skin. To put things into perspective, remember that milk is meant to make things grow, particularly to help a small baby calf turn into a large cow.
Reason #2: Causes Inflammation
Another ugly fact about milk is that it’s an inflammatory. Recent studies have suggested that the consumption of milk products cause systemic low level inflammation. Unnecessary inflammation in the body can cause problems such as asthma, heart disease, and may even affect joints.
Reason #3: Contains Lactose
Lactose is a type of sugar found in milk. Those that are unable to digest this sugar suffer from lactose intolerance. Currently, 40 million Americans suffer from lactose intolerance. Symptoms can include gas, bloating, and cramps. For many, lactose intolerance develops during adulthood and gets progressively worse as the stomach enzyme lactase (which is used to break down lactose) decreases with age.
While milk still remains a staple in the diets of many, a growing number of people have made the shift to healthy alternatives. Products such as almond milk, rice milk, and coconut milk all have been growing in popularity. Thanks to the vast amount of health information readily available these days, more people are learning the facts about milk and will be able to make an informed decision on whether to continue to consume it.