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Cows Milk the Pros and Cons

Updated on May 17, 2020
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Cheryl is a freelance writer, poet, newspaper columnist, minister and published author, and founder of two outreach ministries.

The benefits of cows milk

Most of us grew up hearing about the four food groups, which include dairy. We saw charts in school that emphasized the need for calcium and Vitamin D that comes from cows milk. I cannot recall anyone I know ever questioning why we humans were drinking the milk from a cow. Most other animals are weaned off milk in infancy, so why do we humans continue to drink it? Cow’s milk is a good source of calcium, iodine, magnesium, vitamin B12 and protein. and iodine. The milk from cows also contains whey and casein, which have been found to play a role in decreasing blood pressure. Cows milk has been recommended for children to keep them healthy but it's not certain what benefits are for adult. More and more soy milk and other alternatives are being recommended instead of the milk from cows. Studies have not been conclusive but suggest that moderate drinking of cows milk is not a problem.



Controversy surrounding cows milk

The first argument against cows milk is that it comes from cows and humans should not drink it. A Harvard study indicated that 12,000 children who drank cows milk regularly all gained weight and that low fat milk did not make a difference. Harvard also reports that dairy products such as cheese and pizza have the highest amounts of saturated fat which can lead to high cholesterol. Just one serving of milk (8 ounces) has 20% of the daily recommended allowance of saturated fat which can also lead to heart disease. Cows are also often pumped full of antibiotics for the purpose of keeping them alive and producing milk. This often takes place in factory farm conditions that are unsanitary. Studies indicate this gross overuse has resulted in the surge in antibiotic-resistant bacteria. This is why when humans are infected by these superbugs, the antibiotics used have a effectiveness and sometimes are absolutely powerless. Lactose intolerance, acne, prostrate cancer, and high cholesterol are all thought to be a result in part because of drinking cows milk. Even yogurt which has good bacteria is suspect because of cows milk. According to PETA (People for the ethical treatment of animals) adults who over indulge in cows milk may end up with brittle bones that break easily.

Alternatives

if you desire to cut out or cut back on cows milk, there are a variety of alternatives you can try. Soy Milk is the most popular alternative to dairy milk.You obtain soy milk by extracting it from soybeans. You can purchase it in plain, vanilla or chocolate, sweetened, and unsweetened. The phytochemicals in soy milk can mimick estrogen in the body and some women have noticed fuller breast after drinking it on a regular basis. Soy milk is considered as nutritionally equivalent to cow's milk. It's often fortified with vitamins A and D calcium, and riboflavin. it is high in protein and can also contain isoflavones, which have been shown to reduce the risk of heart disease. Always read the label to find out what nutrients are in each container.

Make sure you do not have a soy allergy because just a little bit of soy milk can cause severe reactions in individuals who have a soy allergy. There is also a review that was published in 2014 in Alternative Therapies in Health and Medicine which revealed that soy might negatively impact male.Other alternatives to cows milk include milk made from flax, almonds, hemp, rice, and coconut. Hemp milk is high in Omega 3 fatty acids which are good for heart and brain health. Unfortunately if it is not fortified, hemp milk has no calcium. Flax milk is low in protein but has other benefits. it is high in fiber,and rich in alpha linoleic acids, which has been used to prevent and treat diseases of the blood vessels and heart. . It has been utilized to lower blood pressure, prevent heart attacks, lower high blood pressure, reverse hardening of the blood vessels, and lower cholesterol. This non-dairy alternative has as much calcium as regular milk, when it is fortified. Coconut milk is great for those who have milk and soy allergies but does not equal cows milk when it comes to nutrition. Almond milk is rich in vitamin E but is low in protein. it also has a bland taste. Rice milk is thing and watery which makes it not suitable for baking. It is also low in nutrients in comparison with cows milk. If you simply need a substitute for cereal this can be used.

This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.

© 2020 Cheryl E Preston

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    • Brenda Arledge profile image

      BRENDA ARLEDGE 

      12 days ago from Washington Court House

      Cheryl,

      This has been an issue for debate for a long time.

      I got on the band wagon for awhile and really didn't drink much milk.

      I did come to love almond milk. It is great in smoothies or alone.

      But now I am back to drinking milk and not caring about the percent. I drink the whole milk.

      Nice article.

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