WEIGHTLINE 068: 85Kg
Milk is not just a drink, it's a cultural phenomenon. It is rich in calcium and protein & has forever been the essential drink to help growing kids, strengthen bones and, as far as I know, heal the world's problems. Except this is all wrong! It is high in fat (and there's another story if we take the low fat or 'skinny' version) and it actually depletes calcium from our bones!
Apparently, and don't shout at me I'm simply reporting what I found here on saveourbones.com, many scientific studies have shown an assortment of detrimental health effects directly linked to milk consumption. The most surprising is that we not only barely absorb the calcium in cow's milk (especially if pasteurised), but it actually increases calcium loss from our bones! Ironic, or what! Like all animal protein, milk acidifies the body's pH which in turn triggers a biological correction. Calcium is an excellent acid neutraliser and the biggest storage of calcium in the body is the bones. So the very same calcium that our bones need to stay strong is used to neutralise the acidifying effect of milk. The surprising net result of this interaction is an actual calcium deficit. This makes sense of the statistics showing that the countries with the lowest consumption of dairy products also have the lowest fracture incidence in their population.
I found this astonishing. What I found less surprising was the statement that 'today's milk is a processed food'. Pasteurisation and homogenisation alter milk's chemistry and actually increase its detrimental acidifying effects. But, in addition, milking cows are given antibiotics and many are injected with a genetically engineered form of bovine growth hormone (rBGH). A man-made hormone used to artificially increase milk production, rBGH also increases blood levels of the insulin-growth factor 1 (IGF-1) in those who drink it. And higher levels of IGF-1 are linked to several cancers. What goes into the food chain has to come out! Organic milk is from cows that are not given any hormones, but there is still the calcium myth.
If you shouldn't consume cow's milk, what can you have. I now tend to drink soy flat white's, but after reading this article, I think I'll be asking if the soy is organic. However, I don't drink that much! Unsweetened almond milk is probably the best alternative & that is what I now use in my afternoon smoothies… The more I read (and I'm a natural sceptic) the more I realise how much pap we are fed by big business who simply want to keep the coffers filled up - no interest in our health at all.