The Daily Meal | January 31, 2014 |
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It turns out that mom might not have been right on this one -- there are some
major downsides to dairy.
By Dr. Verma,
TheDailyMeal.com Special Contributor
What's in a glass of cow's milk? You may be expecting to hear something to the
tune of calcium, vitamins A & D, protein, and some other nutrients that we think
are beneficial to the body. Well, a glass of milk also contains acidic animal
protein that leeches calcium from the bones, pus
cells, bovine growth hormone, feces, antibiotics, and a whole lot of
unnecessary fat, cholesterol and calories — all of which create a terrible
imbalance in the body.
We seem to be the only species of mammals that drink milk after infancy, and
definitely the only species that drinks another species' milk. Cow's milk is not
designed for human consumption. Calves are about 100 pounds at birth and almost
8-10 times heavier by the time they are weaned. So why is it that humans feel
the need to continue drinking milk after they are weaned from breast milk? Human
milk is very different in composition from cow's milk or goat's milk or any
other mammal's milk.
Cow's milk contains on average about three times the amount of protein than
human milk does, which creates metabolic
disturbances in humans that have detrimental bone health consequences. How
is this possible when a glass of milk is touted to have 300 mg of calcium?
That's supposed to be beneficial for our bones and growth, right? Shockingly,
the answer is a resounding no. Over time, a flawed belief that humans are
required to consume three glasses of milk daily to sustain bone health and
strength created the milk myth. And now, the supposed "truths" about milk we
were all taught to believe are being debunked.
Milk has become a cultural phenomenon. Celebrities with the white milk mustache
in the Got Milk? ads sensationalize this beverage. Many recent scientific
studies are now showing a variety of detrimental effects that are directly
linked to milk consumption. Undoubtedly, the biggest irony is that milk is
thought to increase
calcium loss from our bones. How? When humans consume any type of
animal-derived, protein-rich foods, including milk, the pH in our bodies become
acidified, and this sets off a biological reaction. Calcium actually neutralizes
acid in our body, and most of the calcium is stored in our bones. When acidified
animal protein is ingested, the calcium from our bones is drawn out to
neutralize the effects of the toxic animal protein. After the calcium does its
job cleaning up the mess, it is then excreted through the kidneys via urine,
thus leading to a calcium deficit. This is why osteoporosis is a huge medical
problem in America. European and Asian countries have much lower risks of
osteoporotic bone fractures as compared to America, despite consuming much less
milk or dairy. So, higher the milk intake, higher the risk of osteoporosis.