We have all heard that dairy products are part of a healthy diet, but in my search for the healthiest diet, I found that is not always true. I love cheese, ice cream and dairy products, but once I learned what was in most dairy products, I decided they were not healthy.
Looking For the Healthy Diet
The healthiest way of eating is to avoid foods that are full of chemicals or genetically engineered. What I learned about milk and dairy products was rather disturbing and not very healthy.
Chemicals In Milk and Dairy Products
Most dairy products come from the milk of dairy cows. It makes sense that what the dairy cows eat, drink and are given is what we eat and drink in dairy products. One of the worst or most worrisome chemicals found in dairy products is recombinant bovine growth hormone (rBGH) and rBST. Recombinant bovine growth hormone, banned in many countries, is a genetically engineered hormone from Monsanto, which in a sense makes some milk and dairy products genetically engineered food.
rBGH causes dairy cows to produce more milk and is now known to raise our risk for cancer, especially breast cancer. The consumer uproar over this has caused some companies to stop using dairy products from the companies that use rBGH and will usually say on their labels if they do not.
The use of rGBH in dairy cows can cause illnesses in the cows which in turn cause the dairy farmer to use more antibiotics for the ill cows. This causes us to ingest more and more antibiotics in the dairy products we consume.
Not Just rGBH in Dairy Products
IGF-1 (Insulin-like Growth Factor) is a normal and natural growth hormone in dairy milk. It is supposed to help baby cows grow quickly. Once a cow is past the weaning stage, they no longer need milk. Why should humans ingest this growth hormone their entire life. IFG-1 can also promote the growth of certain cancer cells including colon cancer.
The use of rBGH raises the levels of IGF-1 in cows, causing cows to become ill, forcing dairy farmers to use more antibiotics on the cows which creates more pus and that is what we can get (in small levels) in a glass of milk and dairy products.
Milk and Dairy Do Not Protect from Osteoporosis
We have been told to drink milk to prevent osteoporosis. But new studies have revealed that some dairy products actually weaken bones and can cause more bone fractures due to high polyphosphate, sodium and protein content.
Even though Americans drink plenty of milk and eat plenty of diary products, osteoporosis is still a major problem. In fact, the countries with the highest milk and dairy consumption also have the highest osteoporosis rates. Several studies have confirmed that higher intake of calcium from dairy products do not protect us from bone fractures in either men or women.
Where to Get Calcium
After learning all of this, I decided to continue eating certain healthy dairy products like Greek yogurt that state they are rBGH free, like Fage and Greek Gods. Other than Greek yogurt, you can get plenty of calcium from non dairy sources in your diet by eating baked beans, sardines, spinach, broccoli, collard greens, almonds, soy, oatmeal and a number of fortified drinks like orange juice, almond milk and soy milk.
I still have ice cream once in a while. Companies like Ben and Jerry’s have long been against the use of rBGH along with other companies.
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