*Gulp* *Gulp* *Gulp*
That’s the sound of you drinking ‘fresh milk’ in the morning.
You put the empty glass on the table while the milk is still slowly finding its way down into your stomach.
You feel like you have just gulped down the healthiest and most nutritous liquid out there.
At least that is what your mom used to say: “That milk will keep your bones and body healthy and strong son”.
You haven’t broken any bones yet.
So your mom must be right.
But mom isn’t always right.
You’ve been sold down the river.
You just don’t know it.
Before you continue:
- Stop reading if you don’t want to stop drinking milk.
- Stop reading if your mom is a professor who has spent at least 10 years of her life studying milk and it’s effects and still recommends you to drink milk .
- Stop reading if you are drinking milk right now.
- And stop reading if you don’t want to know the truth about milk.
If you are still reading, it’s time to clean out your milk’s closet.
Why You Should Drink Milk
You are probably wondering why I am trying to convince you of drinking more milk.
Especially after saying that ‘you’ve been sold down the river’ and that we have to ‘clean your milk’s closet’.
Just to make sure you get both sides of the story.
Everyone is telling you that milk is healthy.
You don’t need anyone else to convince you.
They seem convinced by whoever told them.
Just in case you aren’t drinking enough milk.
Let’s take a more thorough look at why you really should drink milk:
- According to the Dairy Council it is ‘highly recommendable to consume milk and dairy foods as part of a healthy balanced diet’ (source).
- The biggest food concern in this world states that ‘milk is known for its richness in calcium and thus its importance for your bones’ (source).
- And the USDA asserts in its ‘Dietary Guidelines for Americans’ that 3 daily servings of milk are recommended due to its vitamine richness and overall benefits for bones and health (source).
- Even professors such as Connie Weaver from Purdue University and Penny Kris-Etherton who are part of the USDA committee from Pennsylvania State University argue for the benefits of milk in terms of bone health and encourage the use of dairy products (source).
- And let’s not forget your mom, uncle, dad, friends, body builders, fitness gurus, doctors and all the other people who have always been telling you that ‘milk is the healthiest drink’ there is.
All those benefits.
Milk clearly is an important part of your diet.
By now you are probably already walking towards your fridge to pour some more milk in that empty cup from which you drank some delicious ‘fresh milk’ this morning.
There is no reason why you shouldn’t drink milk.
Not drinking milk is bad for you.
At least that’s what all these organisations and these people say and they surely have your best interest at heart, don’t they?
Well, let’s take a look into ‘who’s interest they actually serve’.
What They Forget To Tell You About Milk
Despite all of the positive imagery surrounding milk.
Research is showing a different side of the story to say the least.
This is what you probably haven’t heard about milk:
- Women consuming more than 3 glassed of milk a day showed more fractures than women consuming less than 1 glass a day (study).
- Early exposure to cow’s milk has shown to increase the chances on type 1 diabetes in children significantly. At least +100% (study, study).
- More, milk has been linked to diseases such as MS, osteoporosis, acne, several forms of cancer (prostate, breast & colon) in addition to being one of the most reported food allergens in the world (study, study, study, study)
- Furthermore, research shows that you aren’t only drinking milk, but also: growth hormones, pus, antibiotics and blood cells (source, study)
- Lastly, the milk you are drinking comes from a severely sick and stressed animals. Most cow’s are sick and being over harvested for their milk, that’s why they need to be filled up with antibiotics and hormones to keep milk production going and prevent them from getting too sick (source).
You probably want to know this if you have been drinking milk.
The reality however, is that you most likely don’t.
There is more.
Pasturization Of Milk
Worth mentioning is the statement by the USDA that ‘foods such as milk -if not pasteurized- posses a high risk for foodborne illness and should be avoided’ (source).
Probably 100% of the 3 servings of milk which you have been drinking has been pasturized.
But what does this mean?
It basically boils down to something which is referred to as ‘denaturazation of the milk’ and in the process results not only in changing the milk protein into something which your body has problems digesting, but also in destroying the nutrients in the milk you are drinking (study, study, study, study, study).
So even if the milk came from a healthy, non-stressed animal which hadn’t been fed with a hormonal cocktail and bad foods, you would still have little benefit from it.
What does this mean for the milk you are drinking?
No nutritional value.
It’s basically skimmed down to a white liquid containing hormonal residue.
But don’t stop drinking yet.
By now you have probably noticed that there is a lot of contradicting information surrounding milk.
Someone here is telling a lie, either it’s the researchers or the USDA.
The Recommendations Versus The Research
Something seems to be wrong here doesn’t it?
Your mom, the USDA, dairy companies and researchers on the USDA committee are recommending you to increase your milk consumption.
But somehow there is an accumulation of research which states that milk is all except good.
Who should you trust?
What if I told you that the dairy industry has actually been lobbying and paying the USDA and it’s committee (source).
And as a results has lost a lawsuit in the past due to conflicting interests (source).
You don’t have to be a conspiracy theorist to connect the dots.
If you take a closer look at the USDA, the board members and the dietary guidelines versus the accumilating research, things should be starting to make sense.
Simply put, the independent recommendations of the USDA are as independent as a car salesman who is trying to sell you his car in order to receive a bonus.
And at the same time is telling you that he is holding an objective position and really has your interest at heart.
Well…how likely is that?
Especially if the incentive points him in a different direction.
What Are The Alternatives?
So what kind of milk should you drink?
Definitely not the pasturized milk you see in the supermarket.
So you should drink raw milk?
Well, that’s questionable due to the bacterial content, which caused the USDA to recommend skipping the ‘raw’ part in the first place.
If you really want to drink milk however, drink milk from a grass-fed cow.
Preferably from a known farmer.
Or milk alternatives, such as natural coconut milk or almond milk.
Don’t worry about not getting enough calcium, fruits and veggies provide you with more than enough of this bone building block and stick to ‘good old water’ instead.
Or even better, drink a nice and clean smoothie.
The Milk-Is-Good-For-You Myth
You don’t have to believe me.
You can do whatever you believe to be true.
For every single study I quote there will be someone else telling you that mom or dad is always right.
Stand for what you believe in, I just hate to see you believe in a lie.
Are there people who can drink milk and not have any visible or experienced negative side effects? Yes.
Are there people who can smoke and drink every day and not have any visible or experienced side effects? Yes.
Does it mean you should smoke or drink milk even though science has clear evidence that it’s harmful?
I’m not sure about that.
It depends on you.
*Gulp* *Gulp* *Gulp*
That’s the sound of water in the morning.
By far the healthiest source of liquid out there.
Around 70% of our bodies consist out of water (study), so it must be something good.
Right after drinking your glass of water your mom walks up to you with a full glass of milk, saying: “Drink that milk son, it’s good for your bones”.
You take a good look at it, it doesn’t look the same any more.
It’s not the milk you ‘used to know’.
You want to say: “No, thanks. It’s not really as healthy as you think it is.”, but you know she won’t believe you if you told her the truth.
Beast mode ON!
PS. I really wanted to get this information out there, because I’m still receiving too many questions about diets containing dairy products. I don’t have a single financial or personal gain in getting this information out there. And if it means I have to offend some people, so be it. Don’t take my advice for the truth. Question my advice, ALWAYS. I invite you to do your own research.