I get asked often “Why did you cut dairy out of your diet?” … I complied a bunch of reasons backed up by research and put it all in one place for you! 🙂
What is dairy?
Food produced from the milk of mammals.
I.e., Milk, cheese, ice cream, butter, whey protein, etc.
1. Milk is for calfs. Not Humans.
- Milk is a byproduct that comes from cows that is designed to double the size of a baby calf in 90 days. I don’t think you would want to be consuming “mamma juice” that is packed full of growth hormones for calves if you don’t want to be a cow..
- Whatever the cow consumes, you also consume if you drink its milk. You’re not sure how these cows are being treated or how they are being fed. Many of them are disease ridden and living in their own feces, not to mention that they are consuming low grade grain to keep dairy/ meat production costs low. Their food could also be sprayed with pesticides and other harmful chemicals that aren’t healthy for humans to consume.
2. Most people can’t properly digest it.
According to a study done by Hertzler 1., approximately 75% of people world wide are lactose intolerant. This means these people don’t produce enough of the enzyme lactase that breaks down lactose into its simpler form. As a result, these people (most of us) will experience flatulence, bloating, cramps, acne and diarrhea after consuming dairy.
3. Dairy consumption has been positively linked with acne
In a study reported by the U.S. National Library Institute of Health 2., dairy consumption had a direct impact on acne.
- Increases IGF-1 hormone which increases the sebum (oil) in human sebaceous glands (glands that secrete moisture to your hair and skin)
- Increased levels of IGF-1 is associated with risks of many cancers
4. Dairy consumption has been positively linked with osteoporosis and cancer
- In a study reported by the U.S. National Library Institute of Health 3., dairy consumption increased risk of bone fractures by up to 50%
- COuntries with the lowest consumtion of dairy like Africa have the lowest rates of osteportosis
- Reported by Cancer.org, results of some studies suggest that a high intake of calcium may increase the risk of prostate cancer
5. Most dairy is pasteurized
Although dairy does have some health benefits, most dairy is pasteurized before point of sale and consumption. Pasteurization is the process that kills bacteria in food and drink. In most cases, the pasteurization kills off not only the potentially harmful bacteria, but also the healthy enzymes, vitamins and proteins found in milk. The pasteurized dairy is then harder for your body’s digestive system to process.
Do you need dairy in your diet?
The answer is no. Milk does contain vital nutrients like vitamin b-12, calcium and protein, but all of these can be easily supplemented with whole plant based alternatives.
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Feskanich, D., Willett, W. C., Stampfer, M. J., & Colditz, G. A. (1997, June). Milk, dietary calcium, and bone fractures in women: A 12-year prospective study. Retrieved March 27, 2018, from https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/9224182