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10 Reasons To Stop Drinking Milk

Updated on November 21, 2015
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Why milk is not good for you

It’s an ongoing debate whether milk is good for us. Should we drink it raw, or low fat, or not at all? Some will say milk is full of hormones and toxins, others will say it is essential for our health. Many researches have been done all over the world, a lot of them with inconclusive results, but the fact remains - dairy products are not necessary in our diet and can be harmful to our health. In fact, humans are the only species that drink the milk of another species. Cow’s milk is only suitable for nutritional needs of calves. We can get all the protein we need from seeds, yeast, grains, beans, nuts and other legumes. Fortified plant-derived milks such as soy, rice, oat, and nut milks contain calcium, vitamins, iron, zinc, and protein but do not have any cholesterol. There is a lot of scientific evidence which questions health benefits of dairy products and indicates the potential health risks. Here are some of the risks associated with the consumption of dairy products.

1) Excessive milk intake and other dairy products may increases the risk for prostate cancer.

A study that was published in the journal “Cancer Epidemiology Biomarkers & Prevention” has reported that very often consumption of dairy products could increase the risk of prostate cancer. Around 43,000 Japanese men ages 45 to 74 years took place in this research. In research published in British Journal of Cancer scientists concluded that a 35-gram per day increase in intake of dairy protein was associated with an increase in the risk of prostate cancer of 32%.

2) Dairy products increase the risk of heart disease

Dairy products are high in cholesterol and saturated fats, which build up inside the walls of arteries as “plaque,” and blood flow to all areas of the body is restricted.

Even though heart disease may not show up until we are adults, beginnings of clogged arteries, have been seen in 10-year-old children!

Did you know that one glass of 2% milk has as much saturated fat as three strips of bacon and one cup of whole milk has as much fat as five strips of bacon? Milk is a leading source of artery-clogging saturated fat in the diets of American children and adults – and heart disease kills more Americans than any other disease.

A Survey of Mortality Rates and Food Consumption Statistics of 24 Countries shows that dairy products gave the highest correlation coefficient to heart disease, while sugar, animal proteins and animal fats came in second, third, and fourth, respectively.

3. It can cause iron deficiency in infants and toddlers

It has been well documented that consumption of cow's milk by infants and toddlers has adverse effects on their iron stores. Cow’s milk has low amount of iron which is necessary for the growth of infants. Also, occult intestinal blood loss is associated with consumption of cow’s milk during infancy. Lastly, casein and calcium, both of which are found in high amounts in cow’s milk, inhibit the non-heme iron absorption.


4. Milk intake leads to an increased risk of mortality and fractures

A research was made in Sweden in order to prove the negative effect of excessive consuming of milk and dairy products. Two groups were involved in this research. The first group was consisted of 45 339 men of age 45-79 and the other group consisted of 61 433 women at the age between 39-74. The result has shown that the increased milk intake was associated with higher mortality no matter the sex and it leads to the higher fracture incidence in women. The Harvard Nurses’ Health Study, which followed more than 72,000 women for 18 years, showed no protective effect of increased milk consumption on fracture risk.


5) Increases mortality rate in women with breast cancer

In a large study that included 1,893 women from the Life After Cancer Epidemiology Study who were diagnosed with early-stage invasive breast cancer, the consumption of larger amounts of high-fat dairy product was associated with higher mortality rates - as little as 0.5 servings a day increased risk significantly, which is probably due to the fact that estrogenic hormones reside primarily in fat.


6) It may contribute to development of ovarian cancer

Link between dairy products and ovarian cancer could be caused by the breakdown of the lactose into galactose, a sugar which may be toxic to ovarian cells. In a study conducted in Sweden, intake of dairy products was positively linked to ovarian cancer. In another study - the Iowa Women’s Health Study, found that women who drank more than one glass of milk daily had a 73 percent greater chance of developing ovarian cancer than women who drank less than one glass per day.


7) It containts hormones, antibiotics and pesticides

In addition to growth factors and hormones produced naturally in cow’s body, milk also contains synthetic hormones such as recombinant bovine growth, used to increase the production of milk. These hormones may affect normal hormonal functions in our bodies. Also, traces of antibiotics used to treat inflammation of mammary glands and mastitis in cows, have been found in milk. Pesticides, polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs), and dioxins have also been found in milk. Actually, at least one fourth of dioxins in our body (which have been linked to cancer) comes from cow’s milk. Some other contaminants introduced during milk processing include melamine, which is found in plastics and which negatively affects our kidneys and urinary tract because of high nitrogen content, and carcinogenic toxins including aflatoxins.


8) Milk may set off juvenile diabetes

Researcher discovered that a lot of cases of juvenile diabetes could be triggered by an immune response to cow milk proteins in infants with a genetic disposition to the disease.

A study at the University of Toronto's Hospital for Sick Children raised the possibility that children who are genetically predesposed to diabetes might be able to avoid the disease if milk and dairy products are eliminated from their diet for several months after birth.

9) Milk allergy

Milk allergy is an abnormal response of the immune system to milk, and allergic reaction can occur anywhere between a couple of minutes to a couple of hours after consuming milk. Symptoms include wheezing, vomiting, hives, watery eyes, itchy rash and digestive problems such as loose stools, which may contain blood, diarrhea and abdominal cramps.

Milk is also the third most common food to cause anaphylaxis - a life-threatening reaction that narrows the airways and blocks breathing.

10) Lactose Intolerance

Lactose intolerance develops when the small intestine does not make enough of the enzyme lactase which is needed to digest milk. Symptoms occur between 30 minutes and 2 hours after milk consumption and can worsen if larger amounts are ingested. They include abdominal bloating, abdominal cramps, diarrhea, gas (flatulence) and nausea, gurgling or rumbling sounds in the belly, and throwing up. Some people with lactose intolerance are able to consume some dairy products with no health problems.

Milk has been linked to many other diseases and health issues such as Chron’s disease, ear infections, nasal congestion, osteoporosis, rheumatoid arthritis, sudden infant death, tuberculosis, uterine cancer and acne.

And if you are still not convinced to stop consuming milk, consider the fact that calves are taken away from their mothers only 1 day after birth and are fed milk replacers, which include cattle blood, so that the milk can be sold to us! Also, cows are genetically manipulated, given antibiotics and hormones, and fed unnatural diets (dead animals) so they would produce more milk.

Some people who stopped consuming dairy products claim their skin cleared, their mood swings are gone, they no longer have headaches, their energy levels increased…and the list goes on. In any case, dangers of milk are worth researching. Most of us drink milk every day…what if milk is the culprit of some of our health issues, and all it takes is consuming less milk, or giving it up entirely? With so many healthy and delicious alternatives, it shouldn’t be so hard. What if hormones in milk are hindering your child’s growth, instead of promoting it? . Or maybe you are vegan, but you buy milk for your cat? Turns out, cow milk is not good for cats either.

If you decide to give up milk, at least for a while, to see if your health will improve, remember that it takes between 10 days and 3 weeks for milk proteins to leave the body, some say even as long as 4 weeks. Also, just because there is no milk in the products, it doesn’t mean it’s dairy free, it can still contain whey and casein – both are proteins from milk. Milk can be found in food you would never suspect contains milk, such as hot-dogs, sausages, pate, tuna, steak, medicine, chewing gum, soy cheese, salad dressings, soups, instant potatoes, cereal and many more.

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