Since I was a child, dairy has been the bane of my existence. Although I enjoyed the rich, creamy taste of many dairy products, they have always greeted my stomach with a hateful vengeance. Nonetheless, I had my mind made up that dairy was an important part of a healthy diet, and the minor disturbances I experienced from it were a just a minor inconvenience. However, after experiencing a severe dairy-related stomach illness, I made it my priority to give up dairy for a once and all. Having been a fan of dairy products all of my life, giving them up was not easy. Here are some of the facts that convinced me to finally give up dairy and live a healthier, happier life:
Dairy Is Full of Saturated Fats
Being a health fanatic, the nutritional value of dairy was a huge factor in giving it up. According to the Harvard School of Public Health, pizza and cheese are the biggest sources of saturated fats in the American diet. In fact, in their study, dairy products account for 4 out of the 10 top sources of saturated fat in the US. The excess consumption of saturated fats is linked to increased risk of heart disease, stroke, and obesity.
Cow Milk is Meant for Calves
Many people are unaware the humans are the only mammals that continue to consume milk after childhood. Cow’s milk is suited to the nutritional needs of a 65-pound baby calf and not those of a human being. Frank Oski, M.D., author of Don’t Drink Your Milk! states, “the drinking of cow milk has been linked to iron-deficiency anemia in infants and children; it has been named as the cause of cramps and diarrhea in much of the world’s population, and the cause of multiple forms of allergy as well.”
Dairy Products Contain Harmful Additives ,
Current milk processing standards are another good reason to give up dairy. Nowadays, most cows are given antibiotics and a genetically engineered growth hormone, known as rGBH, to increase milk production. Both products survive the pasteurization process and are present in all dairy products. RGBH has been shown to increase levels of Insulin Growth Factor-1. This hormone promotes accelerated, error prone cell-division in humans and has been linked to increases in diabetes and cancer.
Dairy Actually Promotes Osteoporosis
Another long-term reason to give up dairy is the exact opposite of its short-term benefits. Short-term, dairy consumption helps build strong, healthy bones. However, according to a 12-year Harvard study, long-term dairy consumption destroys bone-making cells, promoting osteoporosis. In a 1994 Australian study, patients with the highest dairy consumption had double the risk of bone fracture compared to those with the lowest dairy consumption.