I’ve written before in my blog on The Secret Atrocities of Factory Farming about the horrific abuse perpetrated on farm animals. Putting aside the complete and utter disregard for the animals’ sentience and ability to feel emotions, I find it particularly disturbing that products of dairy farms are promoted as healthy. It truly is a testament to the power of marketing.
For decades science has shown that milk is dangerous to our health. In fact, countries with the highest osteoporosis rates are those with the highest milk consumption.
A 12-year long study based on 77,761 women aged 34 through 59 years of age found that those who consumed the most calcium from dairy foods broke more bones than those who rarely drank milk.
Not only that, milk and other dairy products exacerbate the No.1 killer of heart disease, because they are the top sources of saturated fat in the American diet. Ad campaigns such as ‘Got Milk’, ‘Got Chocolate Milk’ and ‘Milk Life’ that describe milk as “8 grams of high-quality protein in each 8 oz. glass” are just propaganda. There is no doubt that protein is an important nutrient, but according to T. Colin Campbell, Ph.D., an acclaimed biochemist, milk contains whey and casein proteins that are linked to cancer or the promotion of cancerous cells. Many other studies corroborate the link between milk and prostate, ovarian and breast cancers.
According to the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine, a nonprofit health organization, milk has these effects:
- Women who drink three or more glass of milk per day have a 60% increased risk for developing a hip fracture;
- Drinking three or more glasses of milk also increases mortality risk by 93%; and
- For each glass of milk, the risk of dying from all causes increases by 15%.
Large, powerful organizations such as The National Dairy Council and Dairy Management Inc., that have a vested interests in promoting milk, have a lot more money to spin marketing campaigns that cover up these truths.
Fortunately, there are alternatives such as hemp milk, oat milk, almond milk and flax milk that are actually packed with lots of important nutrients. Soy milk, for example, contains almost as much protein as cow’s milk, and has more vitamin D. Almond milk contains more calcium than cow’s milk and only half the calories.
All of these products can be directly substituted for cow’s milk. They are healthier for you, the environment and the animals.