Research has concluded that dairy is not as healthy for the body as once thought. In fact, dairy can actually cause the body harm and shorten the consumer’s lifespan. This is why I am removing dairy from my diet.
When I decided to remove dairy from my diet, my thoughts went to pizza, cheese, cheeseburgers, and ice cream. I then realized there are so many non-dairy choices to achieve the same goal. In my case, the pros outweighed the cons. Being a diabetic the fats and sugar (yes, sugar) in dairy products make me a bit nervous. Studies have shown that keeping cow’s milk out of infants’ diets greatly reduce the chances of the infant developing Type I diabetes (Eidelman & Schanler, 2012). I have Type II diabetes and several health issues. Although the study was done on Type I diabetes, it still made me see that dairy and diabetes do not belong together. During my research to convince myself to do this, I found it almost terrifying at how dangerous milk can be.
Studies have found that there are no health benefits for bones. The body only uses about 600 milligrams per day, the rest is waste. Someone can get that amount just in a normal diet of less salt and more fruits and vegetables. Two studies have proven this, one with adolescent girls and the lack of protection dairy products gave them against stress fractures, the other an 18 year study of women and the lack of protection they received against stress fractures with the consumption of dairy products.
There are more dioxins in milk than in any other food source (Bhandari, Schmidt, & Rodrick, 2005). Studies have also shown that dairy products can be responsible for certain types of cancer, especially prostate and breast cancers (Kroenke, Kwan, Sweeney, Castillo, & Caan, 2005).
Heart health is also a concern when deciding to give up dairy. Yogurt, milk, butter, ice cream, and cheese all have saturated fat and cholesterol. These cause heart disease and other health issues. Eliminating dairy and other high fat foods not only reduce the chances of heart disease but with exercise can reverse it (Warensjo, Jansson, & Berglund, 2004).
Is there a good reason to consume dairy? According to several studies the answer is no. Giving up dairy could be one of the most beneficial things someone can do to improve their overall health. Reducing the chances of cancer, heart disease, and diabetic issues would be beneficial to anyone who can say “good-bye” to dairy.
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