The Shocking Truth About Milk
Is drinking milk healthy?
The question has evolved into a heated debate, and there are valid points on both sides.
Arguments from the “don’t drink milk” side include the assertion that your intestines actually bleed when you first drink milk.
Milk also is known to be loaded with hormones, preservatives, and additives that cause cancer.
In addition, it is also said that we’re the only mammals that drink other mammals’ milk. Meanwhile, pro-milk people have their own set of questions. Should you be drinking conventional milk or organic? Whole or skim? Organic or raw?
There are an awful lot of arguments over the topic of milk. It’s time to discover the truth behind it. Let’s start by addressing the common concerns.
Do Your Intestines Bleed When You Drink Milk?
According to my research, this statement appears to be somewhat true.
In infants younger than one year old, the first time they had dairy milk, there was microscopic bleeding noted in their intestines. Unfortunately, it’s not noted whether or not this happens in adults.
In other words, it might be the babies’ bodies reacting to a new substance in the body, since anything in the body of a child under one can cause problems.
We’re The Only Mammals That Drink Other Mammals’ Milk
I bought into this one ..
.. I thought, that is gross, we consume anything we can get our hands on!
Well, it’s not entirely accurate.
Domesticated dogs and cats also drink other mammals’ milk. Some argue that they wouldn’t if humans didn’t give it to them. However, in some countries, there are reports of feral cats stealing milk from nursing seals.
It’s not a huge amount of evidence, but it’s enough to say that we’re not the only instinctive mammal that does this.
Conventional vs Organic
Organic is the way to go.
Conventional milk is known to contain pus (also know as a thick yellowish or greenish opaque liquid produced in infected tissue, consisting of dead white blood cells and bacteria with tissue debris and serum.) from the infected utters of over-milked cows. YUCK!
The cows are loaded with hormones like estrogen and are fed very poor diets. Most dairy cows have diverticulitis, and most are being fed corn instead of grass, which adds pesticides to their bodies and makes them sick.
You are consuming some really bad stuff when you drink conventional milk. Some of it is killed in the cleaning and homogenation process, but it doesn’t change the fact that it’s there because of the poor, unsafe practices.
Raw vs Organic
The studies are very clear ..
.. there are huge benefits to drinking raw milk.
Raw milk has beneficial bacteria left intact in the milk. Unfortunately, there’s no way to make sure that every processing plant is clean enough to produce raw milk safely.
Whole vs Skim
I am a big believer in the benefits of fat. If you know me at all, you know this.
Fat is brain food!
But what happens in the production of skim milk? They take all the fat out of the milk, and what’s left is basically sugar water. Most Americans then use skim milk on their cereal, which is loaded with carbohydrates.
In short, they’re starting their mornings with pure sugar on top of pure sugar.
To learn more about all sides of the milk argument, check out the awesome documentary, Milk. Much praise goes to the creators for raising questions and getting info from all sides of the debate without feeling the need to answer for the world.
One thing is clear: Avoid conventional milk at all cost.
Not all milk is bad, though, and milk can certainly produce life. As a rule of thumb, if you can get raw milk from a trusted farmer that feeds his cows all grass and makes sure they’re healthy, that’s your best option.
If not, go for Organic milk or nut milk.