Milk: Do you NEED it?
Remember drinking milk right out of the jug? Or maybe you remember milk delivery service? Milk has been a diet staple for centuries, yet it has changed so much over the years – some good, some said to be not so good. With these changes, we are divided on whether or not we should be drinking milk anymore. Let’s take a look at some of the main Pro’s and Con’s most often argued about milk consumption:
Pro’s of Milk*
Calcium – milk is regarded as the most effective source of calcium, good against chronic ailments such as bone loss, and chronic headaches. Calcium in milk makes bones healthy and strong and prevents their deterioration.
Enhances vitamin absorption – The good fats in milk help in the digestion of the vitamins and minerals milk provides.
Good food – Milk is considered a complete food because of its good source of proteins, carbohydrates, amino acids, vitamins and minerals.
Helps fight diseases – Milk consumption has been shown to help strengthen eyesight, reduce blood pressure and support a healthy heart; its rich amino acid content helps lower the body’s fat absorption, and also protect against diabetes.
Hydrates – Milk contains 95% water, which combined with its high nutritional molecules, makes for a perfect vehicle to rehydrate the body – better than any vitamin water!
A little goes a long way – On average, an adult needs 1200 mg of calcium per day, which equates to about 5 cups of whole milk… voila!
Con’s of Milk*
Calcium – High-protein content in milk changes the digestive system’s pH level, making it more acidic, which causes calcium to leach out from our bones to neutralize the acidity – after which it is excreted through the kidneys and urine, leading to a calcium deficit.
Bad for bones – according to numerous studies, milk has never been shown to reduce fracture risk and strengthen bones. In fact, studies indicate dairy in general may increase the risk of fractures by 50%! Countries with the lowest calcium consumption (like Asia and Africa) have the lowest rates of osteoporosis.
Hard to stomach – About 75% of the world’s population cannot properly digest milk, causing irritable bowel, gas, bloating, pain, sleep disturbance, nervousness, even headaches and mood swings, chronic inflammation and autoimmune disorders.
Lactose issue – Our bodies weren’t made to digest milk from a cow, which is too high in sugars, proteins, and indigestible fats. This is why even cows stop feeding their calves after age two (as do most humans). The same way that a human mother makes milk specifically for her baby’s needs, a cow doesn’t make milk for humans.
Better alternatives – According to the World Health Organization, only 500 mg of milk per day is needed. There are better, more easily absorbed and digestible sources of calcium, such as oatmeal, kale, almonds or almond butter, sardines, poppy seeds, and white beans.
Regardless of whether or not you drink milk, like milk, or believe it’s good or bad for you, don’t be convinced into thinking you need to drink milk – remember that what you actually need, is calcium.
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