Wednesday, May 2, 2012
Milk Fairy Tale
Cow's milk has become a point of controversy among doctors and nutritionists. 'Got milk?' is the slogan that big companies used to depict this white liquid as the white gold for our health, nothing consciously claimed could be more wrong. Milk's main selling propaganda is its high content of calcium and milk-drinking is said to build strong bones in children and preventing osteoporosis in older persons, but clinical researches have been showing that dairy products have little or no benefit for bones. Let's highlight that in no mammalian species, except for western humans -and their lovely cats- milk consumption is continued after the breast-feeding, because as eastern wisdom says, it's unfit for consumption in adults.
Why even infants or children shouldn't drink cow's milk? Because it is meant to turn a 90-pound calf into a 450-pound cow in less than one year, hence it contains four times more calcium than human milk. An infant doesn't require such huge levels of calcium so the high mineral content in cow's milk puts a strain on his kidney. However generally infants produce lactase (the enzyme capable of breaking down lactose, milk's sugar) until the age of around 2, then they lose this ability, that's one of the most intuitional reasons why people shoudn't consider natural and healthy a daily intake of milk.
Together with refined sugar, cow's milk is the largest contributor to food induced ill health in the USA: it introduces significant amounts of cholesterol and saturated fat to your diet, it is an important cause of cramps and diarrhea in much of the world population and of a variety of allergies as well, plus it may play a central role in the origins of arteriosclerosis and heart attacks. Prostate and breast cancers have been linked to consumption of dairy products, presumably related to increases in a compound called Insuline-like-Growth-Factor (IGF-1), which promotes the transformation of human breast and colon cells in cancerous ones, supporting their progression and invasiveness. Besides dairy products can impair a child's ability to absorb iron and in very young children could even cause subtle blood loss from the digestive tract, increasing the risk of iron-deficiency; milk's proteins are a common cause of colics and may contribute to juvenile diabetes, might cause sensitivities showing up as respiratory problems, chronic ear problems or skin conditions.
Whereas dairy products are also contaminated with cow's pus and blood, and frequently with pesticides, hormones and antibiotics, shall we finally consider alternatives for our calcium needs? Dark green leafy vegetables such as kale, broccoli and spring greens provide plenty of well-absorbed calcium, while reducing calcium losses; other important sources are dried fruits, sesame seeds and soy.
There's no excuse to finally open your eyes and realize that the 'healthy cow's milk' is one of the biggest billions' value gimmicks of the 20th century, perpetuated by huge companies that shamelessly buy the proves in order to hide the evidence. [...to be continued...]