Got milk? I hope not. Milk is not the wonder food you might think it is.
Did you know that the U.S. consumes the most dairy products of any country in the world and also has the highest rates of osteoporosis? For years we have been led to believe that we must drink milk and eat dairy products to get enough calcium. Ironically bone fracture rates tend to be lower in countries that don’t consume any milk. In a study in Sweden, milk consumption was actually associated with an increased risk of bone fractures for women.
- Not only does a diet high in dairy products not protect you from osteoporosis, casein which makes up 87% of cow's milk protein, has been shown to promote all stages of the cancer process.
- Dairy protein has been shown to increase IGF-1 (Insulin Growth Factor-1) levels which are implicated in several cancers.
- Milk consumption is associated with increased risk of ovarian and prostate cancer.
70% of the world’s population is lactose intolerant so you may have issues with milk and not even realize it. I am one of thousands of people that drank milk and ate dairy for years without realizing I had any issues. A few years ago I went without dairy for 10 days and was shocked at how much better I felt. All my life I had been a little congested and had post nasal drip (sorry for the TMI). I just thought that was normal. I didn’t even realize I was congested until I felt the difference. I still eat cheese and ice cream occasionally but now I know what I am in for and it has totally lost its grip on me.
So then where do you get your calcium?
Green vegetables, legumes and nuts — You can find calcium in broccoli, collard greens, kale, spinach, Brussel sprouts, edamame, sardines, seaweed, almonds, cannellini beans, tahini, and tofu. Just to name a few.
If you are looking for something to pour on your cereal there are a lot of good plant-milks for sale at Wholefoods and other grocery stores. I particularly like unsweetened organic cashew milk. Or you can try making your own cashew milk. Cashew milk is creamy, delicious, and easy to make. Click here for an easy recipe.