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Does Milk do a Body Bad? Is Toxic Milk on Your Grocery Shelves? E-mail
Written by Jeff Behar, MS, MBA   
Today's milk may not be as healthy for you as you think for the following reasons:
  • Instead of the old-fashioned fresh green grass feeding and traditional methods of breeding, modern feeding methods of cows use high-protein, soy-based feeds, and high-technology breeding to produce cows with abnormally large pituitary glands so that they can artificially produce much more milk. Today, an average cow may produce 30,000 to 40,000 pounds of milk per year, as opposed to the 2,000 pounds produced by its counterpart half a century ago. Such discrepancy may be due to drugs, antibiotics, rBGH (recombinant bovine growth hormone), rBST (recombinant bovine somatotropin), forced feeding plans, and specialized breeding. No one really knows the long term effects of these chemicals to your body system, especially since people are living longer. Man has drastically changed Nature’s natural mechanisms. The milk today is not the same health food as it was in the past? Just some more food for thought; no pun intended.

  • Milk contains powerful genetically engineered growth hormones, which may play a major role in human breast cancer. Recently, the Canadian government and scientists challenged the safety of this hormone.
  • Today, milk is homogenized, which means the fat molecules in milk are evenly distributed within the liquid milk such that there is no visible cream separation in the milk. Now although there are good reasons to do this (most are economically based) by artificially changing nature’s natural mechanism, milk proteins are not completely broken down in the stomach, and are directly absorbed into your bloodstream. There are studies that suggest that undigested proteins may account for increased rates of cancers and heart disease.  The process of homogenization also removes the natural vitamin D complex. Although the milk is than with synthetic vitamin D, synthetic vitamin D is not natural. On top of that, if milk is pasteurized (heated to kill bacteria in milk), much of its enzymes are destroyed in the process. Without enzymes, milk protein is difficult to digest, thereby unduly stressing your pancreas, which may make you more prone to diabetes later in life.
  • Dairy products may play a major role in the development of allergies, asthma, insomnia, and migraine headaches. At least 50 percent of all children in the United States are allergic to cow's milk, and many remain undiagnosed. Dairy products are the leading cause of food allergy, manifested in diarrhea, constipation, and chronic fatigue. Dairy products may not be a part of healthy eating for healthy longevity.
If you love milk, look for the products that are as close to natural as possible, because there are benefits to milk and dairy products. The benefits include:

  • Milk is for healthy eating because it contains casein, the protein only found in milk, which contains all of the essential amino acids.
  • Milk and other dairy foods are among the best sources of naturally occurring calcium due to their high calcium content, high calcium bio-availability, and low cost relative to their nutritional value. Milk is an inexpensive health food for healthy eating for everyone.  There is very strong scientific evidence that dairy calcium reduces the risk of colon cancer, and whole milk reduces, instead of increasing, a woman’s risk for breast cancer.
  • Milk is a health food for healthy eating because it contains magnesium, potassium, and phosphorous to facilitate the absorption and utilization of calcium, which is critical to the development of osteoporosis.
  • Recent research indicates that intake of dairy foods may in fact reduce the risk for major disorders, such as osteoporosis, hypertension, heart disease and stroke, obesity, insulin resistance, and even type 2 diabetes, as well as some cancers.

So, do you drink or not  drink milk?

The bottom line

There are many healthy benefits to milk, choose the source wisely so you can derive the health benefits while minimizing the toxic additives.

 
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