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Cows Milk vs Soy Milk

Updated on March 17, 2011

Here is a topic where if you mention to someone milk isn't good for you, you will definitely get some funny looks. Trust me..I've got those funny looks. I find it very unfortunate when I try to explain why its not good for you and I just can't seem to get the words out to make it a winning argument.

So first off lets start with cows milk, our everyday "good for you" "makes strong bones" milk. It is true that cow's milk is rich in calcium but what we don't realize is how rich it also is in phosphorus. When phosphorus combines with calcium in our intestines it prevents the calcium in the milk from being absorbed. So are you giving me those dirty looks yet?! Hmmm!! Drinking pasteurized milk creates an acidic body. A healthy bodies pH level is 7.4 or slightly alkaline. So since calcium is a nice neutralizer for acid, when the body does get acidic you will naturally draw calcium away from the bones and teeth in order to restore your healthy pH balance. How exciting huh!! So since everybody needs calcium, milk is one of the least beneficial ways of getting usable calcium. Hence why I drank no more then a glass during all of my pregnancy. And when my doctor told me that my babies spine and bones looked amazing and said you must have been drinking a lot of milk (?) I said shit no! I've been drinking tons of calcium enriched orange juice and eating lots of fruits.

* According to Frank Oski, former Director of the Department of Pediatrics at Johns Hopkins, in his book Don't Drink Your Milk, Diarrhea, cramps, gastrointestinal bleeding, anemia, recurrent ear infections and even diabetes, multiple sclerosis, rheumatoid arthritis and leukemia have all been linked to cow’s milk.

Are you going to drink Soy milk now?

In order to ensure that you are getting a healthy amount of calcium here is a very unwanted (in my eyes) tip. You can begin by eating according to a nutrition plan that maximizes the absorption of calcium, one that creates an alkaline environment in yourself.

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You can begin to do this by avoiding animal protein...(ouch). High protein diets results in more calcium lose (it creates an acidic body). So make sure you eat all your leafy greens and other things rich in calcium. A diet rich in animal and dairy protein creates a higher risk for osteoporosis. The very thing all the commercials say its great for.. Now try to tell me this doesn't make any sense. Go ahead! TRY!

Now lets talk about Soy milk. Soy is a great source of vitamin E, which benefits the heart, circulation and skin. According to the New England Journal of Medicine, the isoflavones in soy milk can help lower the bad cholesterol levels in your body. These isoflavones are not in cows milk. There is less calcium in soy milk but you can find some providers that make fortified soy milk with the same amount of calcium as cow's milk. (Personally at home we drink the So Nice brand, Original flavour ;) it IS SO Nice!).

Some studies have shown a link between drinking cow's milk in early life and the development of insulin dependent diabetes. *Frowny Face*

Well with all that said, each to your own. But remember too much of a good thing can be bad. So also look up the negative effects of soy milk as well if you are really interested check out Almond milk as well.


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      Jordan Reiser 3 years ago from New York, New York

      Nothing about this article is true; saying milk is linked to all those things is absurd because there are 500 other factors in the human body and the environment that contribute to such diseases and conditions - too general of a claim to have real support. Soy has a chemical in it that mimics estrogen in the human body which at extreme high levels can cause health problems especially in men. Humans evolved to eat protein AND some vegetables (most of them we can't even digest - ex. celery)- milk has protein in it, carbohydrates, lipids, and is 90% water - don't worry you are fine when you drink cow milk. Want calcium eat an orange.

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      sidney 4 years ago

      soy mil taste good

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      tgopfrich 6 years ago from Stettler, AB

      Right on, I tried drinking soy years ago, then went back to cow, now back to soy. I enjoy have no stomach aches now :)

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      Cogerson 6 years ago from Virginia

      We have tried the soy did not go over well with the kids or the we are now doing the skim milk.....I however miss the whole milk...that I drank for years...voted up

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      tgopfrich 6 years ago from Stettler, AB

      Thanks Micky Dee, we plan on raising our son on Soy milk. It's all we drink at home and when I do have cows milk I get a bad stomach ache afterwards. But if I do have cows milk I have cheese...Mmmmmm. I can't cut that out of my life. That would be too hard. I wasn't aware that Goats milk was closest to Human milk! I want to definitely look into that now. Thank you

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      Micky Dee 6 years ago

      Great post tgopfrich! Most people have some allergy to dairy. They will blow their nose from morning to night and say, "not me". My daughter has had little dairy in her life and she is wonderful.

      And really - milk doesn't have a great taste. And - actually vanilla soy is delicious.

      There is NO reason to drink cow milk, especially when your health can be compromised. And ALL of our food from big farming will be compromised. Monsanto is waging a war against small farmers. And- there is no way to die happy with some of the ailments that comes from treating cows as they do.

      Soy milk has some estrogen I'm told. I don't know if there is any truth to that as my bra size is only a 32A.

      I do drink vanilla almond milk because of a report about the estrogen. I love the almond milk. If I have dairy at all, I save it for Ben & Jerry's Chunky Monkey ice-cream.

      Goat milk is the closest thing to human milk. We raised our daughter on goat milk. God bless!

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      tgopfrich 7 years ago from Stettler, AB

      Thank you fundguru for that information, I will definitely look it up.

      Have all the cow milk you want mrpooper, its your life, you live it the way you want :) Thank you for your comment

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      mrpooper 7 years ago

      Give me cow milk. I want to die happy!

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      fundguru 7 years ago from Germany

      There have been a few university studies in the US that link milk to prostate cancer in males. Just enter in google "milk prostate cancer university" and you will find plenty reports by accredited and famous universities.