Cow’s milk, it is something that we have grown up drinking without a second thought. Continuous education by advertisements emphasize the importance of drinking milk for strong bones. It has also formed the basis of many items in our food culture today – yoghurt, cheese, ice cream…and the list goes on. With the increasing occurrence of diseases around us today, have we ever taken a step back and ask ourselves – Is cow’s milk really good for us?
Despite the high calcium content in milk, there is very little evidence to show that it helps in building strong bones. In fact, it has shown a strong correlation to increasing occurrences of osteoporosis. This is mentioned in a study conducted in Sweden, featured in the British Medical Journal. In this study, it is reported that men who drank 3 or more glasses a day of milk had a higher risk of death mostly due to cardiovascular issues compared to those who drank less than 1 glass a day. For women, those who drank 3 or more glasses a day had a higher risk of fractures and death.
In this study, the researchers also found milk intake to result in oxidative stress, which is linked to cancer and cardiovascular diseases. Milk contains D-galactose, which causes inflammation in the body and induces premature aging. As such, high intakes of milk may also risk of other cancers such as ovarian cancer and prostate cancers
Milk is also high in animal protein. Animal protein has a very high level of sulfur-containing amino acids which causes the kidneys to excrete more calcium, which in turn has to be leeched out from our bones. Hence, eating animal protein is more likely to cause loss of calcium from our bones compared to plant protein.
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