Have you ever heard the phrase, or something similar, “milk does the body good”? This is an extremely controversial topic, but, more and more facts are being introduced that say milk does more bad than good for you.
The global consumption of milk in 2016 was close to 228 billion liters. Founder of Synergistiq Integrative Health, Dr. Deepa Verma, wrote a captivating article called “The Fallacy of ‘Milk Does the Body Good’”. In her article, she talks about the harms that can happen to you if you drink too much cow’s milk in your life. According to Dr. Verma in her article, “America has one of the highest consumption of dairy, [and] one of the highest rates of osteoporosis.” Osteoporosis is an illness that causes one’s bones to become weak and brittle. In 2005, cow milk consumption and its popularity rose by 23% compared to 2004.
Not only is the amount of cow milk we consume crazy, but the affects of cow milk on our bodies can be catastrophic. As stated in Dr. Verma’s article, “Cow’s milk was not designed for human consumption… [because] [c]ow’s milk contains on average about three times the amount of protein than human milk does, which creates metabolic disturbances in humans that have detrimental bone health consequence…” In addition to causing osteoporosis and other bone problems, drinking to much milk can lead to cancer, allergies, constipation, obesity, heart disease, and more. According to the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine (PCRM), “Dairy products- including cheese, ice cream, milk, butter, and yogurt- contribute significant amounts of cholesterol and saturated fat…” Most commonly, cow’s milk is polluted with cow’s blood, pus, pesticides, and hormones. The Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine also says, “Milk proteins, milk, sugar, fat, and saturated fat in dairy products pose health risks for children and encourage the development for obesity, diabetes, and heart disease… Milk and dairy products are not necessary in the diet and can, in fact, be harmful to health.” On the contrary to the PCRM and Dr. Verma’s belief that too much cow’s milk can cause health problems, in 1992 the first United States Department of Agriculture dies pyramid was released to the public and suggests for a “healthy diet” you should have at least two servings of milk a day.
Scientifically, we can’t say whether cow’s milk is good or bad for you. What we can say, though, is that yes, cow’s milk does have some nutritional values yet drinking too much can lead to harmful illnesses.
By: Peyton Erb
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