Many children grow up drinking cow’s milk as the preferred choice of drink by their mothers and fathers. Most of us believe what we’ve been told about dairy products and cow’s milk, in particular. That is that cow’s milk is good for us, helps us to grow strong and develop strong bones and that cow’s milk is rich in proteins and Vitamin D.
The last two points are absolutely correct. But now there is some research that suggests that cow’s milk may not be as good for humans as we first thought. And for people with a cow milk sensitivity, it may be doing much more harm that good. That might include up to 60 percent of the population that cannot digest milk and a total of 75 percent who is somewhat allergic to cow’s milk.
One of the major benefits of drinking cow’s milk is also being debunked. There have been studies that drinking milk didn’t help reduce bone fractures among some groups, including women, And one study that was published in Journal of Bone and Mineral Research found that women who drank a lot of milk might in fact have higher fracture risks, and even more ominously, may have a higher risk of earlier death than those who drank less cow’s milk, The survey looked , researchers looked at data from over 61,000 women and found that drinking 3 or more glasses of cow’s milk every day resulted a higher incidence of hip fracture for women and an increased risk of death when they were compared to women who drank less than one glass of cow’s milk per day.
Here are some more reasons why cow’s milk may not be as good for you as you think.
1. Hard to stomach
At one time, before cow’s milk was pasteurized, it contained a lot of healthy bacteria that the human stomach used to fight out disease and ailments. But the pasteurization process changed all that and now all of that healthy bacteria is killed off through heating before it has a chance to really help. This has led to a negative health effect as well in people who drink a lot of cow’s milk. Not only do they not have the positive impact of the bacteria, they tend to gain more weight than people who do not drink cow’s milk.
2. Brittle bones
Despite its promise to build healthy bodies and strong bones, the research, as noted above, is at best inclusive when it comes to cow’s milk. One of the reasons for that is that cow’s milk has a calcium leeching effect. That means that while the cow’s milk starts out with a lot of calcium, once it is pasteurized, a lot of that calcium gets filtered out and only a small portion gets transferred over to the human body. The positive effect of the calcium is then watered down and has less positive effect on the body or the bone structure.
3. Harmful additives
Most cow’s milk on the market today is full of antibiotics and hormones that have been pumped into the cows to prevent disease and to make them bigger and able to produce more milk. That means every glass of supposedly healthy cow’s milk also contains an abnormal amount of antibiotics and hormones. These products help to weaken the immunity of the human body and can disrupt stomach and gastrointestinal health.
4. Risk of cancer
Perhaps the scariest thing about cow’s milk, particularly given the use of hormones in cattle is the increased risk of cancer that might come with drinking cow’s milk. One hormone in particular, IGF-1 (insulin-like growth factor) has been linked to an increased risk in several forms of cancer including prostate, colon and breast cancer. The addition of antibiotics also weakens the immune system and create the conditions for cancers to develop while your body is less capable of fighting them off.