Got Milk? Nope
Last week I wrote a book review on a book Called Lies My Doctor Told Me: Medical Myths That Can Harm Your Health. In this book, Dr. Ken Berry writes about some of the false beliefs we have about our health. It is worth reading if you haven’t read it yet.
One of the myths that Dr. Berry talks about is the fact that “Milk doesn’t do the body good”? Yet this is something that many of us still believe. And actually, even in the comments of that post, I have many people disputing this belief. I get it. We are fed so much commercialized crap it is easy to believe what we hear as truth. So I decided to try to dig up some facts about the topic.
But first, lets answer the question to: Why do humans drink cows milk in the first place?
Wikipedia says that we humans started drinking the milk of other mammals (cows, goats, and sheep) about 9000 bc. It was a way to get nourishment without having to kill the mammal. But many people would get upset stomachs from drinking milk. It seems as though children can tolerate milk better than adults. Adults can’t tolerate lactose in milk because we don’t have the necessary enzyme needed to process it. This is why our ancestors made cheese to eat. Cheese doesn’t have the lactose that milk has. But now they make lactose free milk so anyone can drink milk without getting a sick stomach.
Why do humans continue to drink milk in the 21st century?
I think firstly, we drink milk because it tastes good. But the other reason is that we are taught that milk “does the body good”. Is this true? Well, that’s what the dairy industry wants us to believe.
Read on to learn some interesting facts about milk.
Why I don’t drink Milk
I drank cows milk as a child and continued to drink milk through most of my adult life. This makes me think that if you continue to drink milk into adulthood, you could build up a tolerance to the lactose in milk. This is just my theory. But I did stop drinking milk 3 years ago when I started eating a low carb lifestyle. Milk is very high in sugar especially milk lower in fat, like skim milk. I do however continue to use heavy cream as it is high in saturated fat an low in sugar content. And of course, I love my cheese.
Since I eliminated milk from my diet, I rarely have the stomach problems and gas that I had when I drank milk.
So, Should We drink Cows Milk?
Here are some interesting things I learned about the consumption of cows milk.
Why stop drinking milk
- Milk makes you fat: Milk has lactose which is sugar. Sugar raises your blood sugar and insulin which can cause you to gain weight. If you don’t want to gain weight, stop drinking milk especially skim milk which is the highest in sugar. (they take out the fat and add sugar)
- Milk can upset your stomach: The protein in milk is inflammatory and causes stomach aches and problems including gas and diarrhea in many adults.
- Milk can give you acne: Because milk is inflammatory, it can also cause skin problems like acne.
- Milk is not good for your bones: I know…I know. You have heard the lie that milk is good for your bones. Here is a great article explaining why Milk Consumption is actually associated with more bone fractures.
- Cows milk is full of antibiotics and hormones.
I find it a bit frustrating that the information we are fed over time is often just lies. And we just believe it. As a critical thinker, I have learned to do my own research when I have questions. It’s sad that we have the obesity problem in America that we have. And the number one reason is that people are fed a bunch of bs and lies. Folks are so confused they don’t know what is healthy.
If I would have believed the lies that fat makes you fat, I would still be obese and probably on many medications. Are you are scratching your head, confused about diet and nutrition. I challenge you to go do some research. Read up on obesity and type 2 diabetes. You will quickly realize the big pharma companies want us sick so they can make money. And the food industry are simply trying to sell products.
So no, my personal belief is, milk doesn’t do the body good.