5 Reasons Why I Don't Drink Cow's Milk (Not Even in My Cereal!)
Before I disclose my reasoning for not drinking cow's milk I just want to clarify that I in no way have a vendetta against cows. I'm from Wisconsin after all. And I don't have anything against anyone who enjoys drinking their milk either. The reason I'm writing specifically about cow's milk is because A) where I'm from there is a surplus of cows and B) I have never gotten to try milk from any other animals. Even if I had tried milk from other organisms, I would still probably be writing about why I don't drink milk in general for its taste. I have tried substituting almond milk into my diet and while I did find it more pleasant, I still did not enjoy it enough to the point where I drink it regularly. I actually haven't had a full glass of milk in years. So now that that's all out of the way, here are my 5 of my reasons for not drinking cow's milk.
1. Broken Bones - I know what you're thinking, isn't drinking milk supposed to make our bones stronger? The answer, is yes, but only to a certain extent. You see when we're young, our bodies are still in the tough process of development. In order to make sure that our bodies can continue to develop at this stage, it's important that we feed our bodies nutrients such as calcium. However, drinking milk often after childhood can actually lead to issues such as broken bones. One Swedish medical study concluded that women who continued to consume dairy milk daily in their adult lives, were more likely to sustain fractures than those who drank little to no milk. Similarly, it was concluded that elderly men who drank a lot of milk in their teenage years actually had an increased risk of sustaining hip fractures.
2. Digestion - Did you know that humans are the only mammals who continue to drink milk after infanthood? Did you know that we're the only species that drinks another species milk? Did you also know that only 40% of adults in the world can properly digest milk? So why do we keep drinking it? I know, that's a lot of questions. Pasteurization and homogenization of milk actually denatures the proteins it contains which makes it especially hard for people's bodies to digest as they age. Even at a young age, it can be difficult for our bodies to process; which, is why breastfeeding is such an amazing alternative. Not being able to digest milk properly can cause people to experience extreme pain and discomforts such as gas or diarrhea.
3. Cancer - Some evidence suggests that consuming milk and other dairy products leads to an increased risk of developing prostate cancer, while dairy-free diets have showed to slow and prevent prostate cancer. I know, I'm not a dude, but I thought it would be interesting to share anyways. For women, having a diet involving the consumption of cow's milk makes us twice as likely to develop ovarian cancer.
4. Acne- I think this one is pretty self-explanatory so you can read about how the consumption of all types of cow's milk was linked to an increased prevalence and severity of acne in both genders here. I know that I personally don't need anything else threatening to create mountains on my face. No thank you.
5. What's in it - Milk does have some beneficial components in it such as vitamin A, vitamin D, and protein. However, in one glass of milk there is also bovine growth hormone (BGH), clusters of pus cells, antibiotics, acidic animal protein (which drains calcium from the bones), and a whole bunch of unnecessary fat, cholesterol, and calories that create imbalances in the body that lead to the health issues mentioned above.
I have many other reasons for why I personally do not drink cow's milk, but I don't want to bore anyone. I do believe that drinking milk during infancy and into the early stages of childhood is beneficial; however, I also believe that breastfeeding provides more with less consequences, and that adolescents and adults have no business drinking it. If anything I said freaked you out, I truly apologize. Even more so if you're an avid milk drinker. But before you go and dump all of your milk down the drain, educate yourself first, don't just take my word for it. I'm only one girl after all. In conclusion, consuming cow's milk has pros and cons; and, I believe that it should either be drank in moderation or not at all.