I remember the good ole days when I used to sit down to a wonderful breakfast of fruit loops with rich, creamy milk. Mmm. Well, since then I’ve done a lot of researching and now don’t eat the delicious and insanely sugary fruit loop cereal (you were so good though!) and have swapped out cow’s milk for almond milk. But what about all the benefits of cow’s milk, you say? Let’s look for a minute at what cow’s milk actually does once it’s inside our bodies.
This short video begins with talking about osteoporosis, but the explanation of “metabolic acidosis” is what I want to highlight right now.
In short, the animal protein in cow’s milk produces an acidic environment in our body. Counteractive measures to the acidity involve pulling calcium from other stores, but the only problem is that the “other stores” are our bones. To summarize, cow’s milk actually leeches calcium from the body (The China Study, pg. 205.) But the good news is there are plenty of healthy foods that are actually very high in calcium and won’t force your body to regulate it’s pH.
Kale: 50mg per ½ cup chopped
Collard Greens: 42mg of calcium per ½ cup chopped
Bok Choy: 37mg per ½ cup shredded
Broccoli: 21mg per ½ cup chopped
Spinach: 15mg per ½ cup
And those are just a few of the many awesome foods high in calcium!
Lactose intolerance is actually quite common; a condition where the body doesn’t produce an enzyme called lactase that is required to break down dairy products. Symptoms include cramping, bloating, gas, and diarrhea, ranging from mild to sever effects on the individual. According to the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, “90 percent of Asians, 70 percent of blacks and Native Americans, and 50 percent of Hispanics are lactose intolerant” (Northern European’s got lucky with only a 15% intolerance).
If you think about it though, having an intolerance isn’t that unexpected, seeing as how the milk is actually created for a rapidly growing calf which will be full grown in 15 months and eventually weight anywhere from 1,000 to 1,800 pounds. Oh, and let’s not forget that they have four stomachs. Er…compartments. Same thing, right? 😉
And for the finale, cow’s milk has been linked to cancer. In an article by Dr. Cambell, several studies have been linking cow’s milk consumption to not only prostate and ovarian cancer, but a slew of other diseases and conditions such as multiple sclerosis, triggering type 1 diabetes, high cholesterol, constipation, ear infections, acne and even increased aging. So what next, you ask yourself? I will be posting an article soon on some easy ways to still enjoy creamy milky goodness without the health risks, so stay tuned!
Update: Click here to read my Nutritious Almond Milk Recipe!