About Time to Replace Cow Milk in Your Diet
One of the most common staples in our diets is cow milk.
We use it as beverage in coffees, smoothies and we poured it on cereals too.
Even though it is a popular choice, many choose not to drink milk due to intolerances, allergies, and dietary restrictions.
Many parents struggle with deciding between feeding their children with cow’s milk or not.
That is because it undergoes a lot of processing before it becomes available to us.
Large dosages of hormones, antibiotics, and genetically modified substances are injected into cows.
These substances pass on to milk lowering its quality and purity.
Health Issues Caused by Cow’s Milk
- Broken bones due to calcium deficiency
- Prostate cancer
- Lactose intolerance which results in diarrhea and nausea
- Cholesterol (as much as 24mg in a single glass of milk!)
- Ovarian cancer
- Saturated fat
What is Injected into Cows?
To increase the overall milk supply, cows are injected with a wide range of substances.
These alters the milk’s quality and make it tremendously bad for our health.
To increase their immunity and milk production ability, the following substances are injected into cows according Dr. Edward Group at Global Healing:
These contain epidermal growth factors, nerve, and the growth inhibitors MDGI and MAF that can lead to premature aging.
rBGH (Recombinant Bovine Growth Hormone)
A genetics engineering method produces this hormone. It is a human form of growth hormone that increases growth and cell replication in cows.
It can cause breast, colon, and prostate cancer.
About 322 million cell-counts of pus is present in a single glass of milk. More than the limit of pus-intake considered normal.
Pus is often related to Crohn’s disease. The source of this pus is the infected udders known as mastitis.
White blood cells or pus are present in those cows that are infected with mastitis.
Generally, the process of milking should not use such cows, but unfortunately, some industries fail to tackle such animals.
This becomes the reason to about 1.5 million white blood cells become present per milliliter of commonly sold milk.
Milk-producing animals receive a large dosage of antibiotics to treat mastitis infection.
These antibiotics remain in the cow’s milk and are transferred to our digestive tract.
There, the calcium in milk binds with the antibiotics and hinders the gut absorption.
- Thyroid hormones
How Does It Affect the Cows?
Not only we widely consume these toxins, as they are also causing excessive harm to cow’s life.
They get painful infections due to hormones, over-milking, bacteria, and certain medications, which alters milk’s color and taste.
Bacterial infections harm the mammary gland of the cow, causing the milk supply to decline.
Diseases that cause parasitic worms and cancerous tumors contaminate the milk we drink and also progress onto other generations of cows.
Furthermore, the living conditions in which these cows live are unpleasant.
The consistent milking ritual causes dairy cattle to live in a state of stress and adrenal overload.
The excessive working of the adrenal gland causes cortisol levels in the blood to increase.
As a result, the stress cells become a part of the milk resulting in chronic stress.
Replacement of Cow’s Milk
Plant-based substitutes are a preferred replacement for cow milk, as Dr. Fabio Almeida explains.
However, if you are allergic to any of them, try another one as there are many alternatives available.
Soy protein isolates are needed to make this type of milk.
It is the perfect alternative as it consists of fats, carbohydrates, and proteins.
Soy milk has a creamy flavor and is usable as a beverage. In addition, the number of calories in soy milk is lesser in comparison to cow’s milk.
All the amino acids that cannot be produced by our body are available to us via soy milk.
Its ingredients consist of almond butter and water or whole almonds.
In contrast to cow milk, it comprises of half the number of calories and is significantly lower in proteins and carbohydrates.
Almond milk is also a natural Vitamin E source that provides immunity to our body against free radicals.
Coconuts are the only source of this type of milk.
It is very beneficial for those who are on a diet as it has no proteins or carbohydrates.
One 240 ml cup comprises of 4 calories.
Oat milk is a combo of oats and water.
The characteristic of oat milk is that it is similar in the number of calories to cow milk, but carbs quantity is double while protein and fats are half in number.
It contains beta-glucan that helps reduce cholesterol and blood sugar levels.
It is made from brown rice and water and is the least allergenic milk among them. It has a mild and naturally sweet taste.
The number of calories it contains is like cow’s milk.
Our blood absorbs it quickly and it raises our sugar levels.
Things to Consider While Replacing Milk
According Dr. Fabio, here are some necessary things to consider when you replace cow milk:
- Sugar: Present to enhance texture and flavor. So, we need to avoid the ones that contain sugar as an artificial sweetener.
- Cost: Plant-based substitutes are relatively expensive, so to cut costs, you should try making this type of milk at home.
- Vitamin B12: Should not be ignored on purpose because it is essential for boosting cognitive and immune functioning and abilities.
- Additives: Some non-dairy products use additives in them to get a smooth texture. Try to avoid them even if they are not unhealthy.
- Thorning, T. K., Raben, A., Tholstrup, T., Soedamah-Muthu, S. S., Givens, I. and Astrup, A. (2016) Milk and dairy products: good or bad for human health? An assessment of the totality of scientific evidence. Food & Nutrition Research, vol.60 Article 32527.
- Group, E. (2015) The dangers of drinking cow’s milk. https://globalhealing.com/natural-health/dangers-of-cows-milk/
- Center for Integrative Healing and Wellness (2019) Cow’s milk – why you might want a substitute. https://www.drfabio.com/healthblog/cows-milk-why-you-might-want-a-substitute