Less than two years ago, I only knew of one type of milk. Yes, the one that comes from the cow. It seemed to me, that it was perfectly natural and healthy. That is until I learned all the facts about milk and dairy products as well. I will share this information with you, and hopefully you can adjust your diet for the better as well.
Since childhood, and for some, since birth, cow milk has been one of the most popular drinks in the world.
Milk Actually Accelerates Calcium Loss in the Bones
One of the main selling points of cow milk, is that it contains beneficial nutrients and minerals like calcium. Unfortunately, this couldn’t be further from the truth. Our bodies are unable to absorb majority of the calcium that is inside the cow’s milk. Not only that, it accelerates calcium loss! This happens, because as with all animal protein, cow milk increases the acidity inside your body. The way our bodies fight to neutralize this acidity is by releasing calcium.
Ingredients in Cow Milk Aren’t So Pure
First, cow milk isn’t naturally designed for humans, it’s designed for calves. Duh! But guess what? After the calves are weaned, they never drink milk again! This goes for every mammalian specie out there. But not only the milk is not made for us, humans artificially make it worse. Much worse. Here’s a list of things found inside cow milk:
- Hormone paradise – pituitary, steroid, hypothalamic, and thyroid hormones
- Gastrointestinal Peptides
- Growth Hormones
- Pus which comes from the cow’s infected udders. But don’t worry, only 300 million cell-counts of pus per glass.
- Blood Cells. Yummy! Cow blood.
- Antibiotics. Cows are mistreated to the point, where infections are unavoidable. To “combat” this, the cows are repeatedly injected with antibiotics.
Doctors No Longer Recommend Cow Milk
Doctors are finally catching up to the research, which has been there for us all along. They no longer recommend cow milk as a good source of calcium. Further more, a lot of doctors, no longer give milk to babies and infants. Drinking Organic cow milk, will NOT make a difference.
For years now, the best alternative if you were lactose intolerant or simply “didn’t trust” milk was soy milk. It comes from beans, so what could be wrong with it?
Soy is Mostly Genetically Modified
90-95% of soy that is domestically grown, is genetically modified. Genetically modified organisms (GMOs) have been linked to a number of health issues, cancers, etc. And why did people do this? People genetically modify plants usually so they can resist the pesticides/herbicides which are sprayed on them. This makes the growing season much more productive, but obviously not without severe effects on human health.
Soy Contains High Levels of Estrogen
It is now known that most of soy contains high levels of estrogen, which can increase your chances of estrogen driven diseases like breast cancer. While people are still on the fence about soy, there are enough facts for you to avoid soy all together. Especially, since there is a healthier and more delicious alternative!
Here’s Dr. Oz on Soy Milk:
So after doing my research, I decided it was time to switch to something healthier. I turned to almond milk. Almond milk is readily available in all the stores, but you can also easily make your own. Almond milk is delicious and has many befits to your health.
Almond Milk health benefits
- Great for Weight Loss – As compared to other milks, plain almond milk only has 60 calories per 8 oz. serving size.
- Healthy Heart – Almond milk is low in sodium and cholesterol.
- Blood Sugar/Diabetic Friendly – The low amount of sugars in almond milk have a low glycemic nature, meaning our bodies fully digest them and use them as energy.
- Nutritious – High in Vitamin D (25% DV) and Calcium (30% DV). Vitamin D strengthens the immune system and improves cell function. It also has vitamin A, which is great for your eyes and vision.It also contains Vitamin E which improves your skin’s health!
- Builds Strength – Although low in protein, almond milk makes it up in Iron. Each serving of almond milk contains 4% of your daily value of Iron, which helps muscles absorb protein for energy and strength.
So there you have it. This is why I chose almond milk as my drink. Hopefully after learning these facts, you can make a healthier choice as well and improve your diet.A lot of people make almond milk right at their home. If you’d like to learn how, just ask in the comments bellow, or on our Facebook page, and I’m sure people in this community would love to share and help you out!
Other healthy options include: Coconut milk, rice milk, oat milk, and hemp milk.