Why I don’t drink milk

I have my own hormones to deal with

Cow’s milk is designed for baby calves. I know that sounds glib, but it is full of hormones and fats designed to grow a small calf into a big cow in it’s first year of life.

Increased levels of hormones such as insulin-like growth factor (IGF-1) cause high levels of oestrogen in women and testosterone in men. Abnormal levels of these hormones are linked with most breast and prostate cancers. It’s no surprise that high dairy consuming countries have the highest levels of these cancers, and osteoporosis for that matter.

I’ll have greens with that

High protein foods such as dairy are acid forming. Why we don’t want that is twofold.

First, such foods deplete our calcium stores and thus weaken our bones in the effort to restore balance. The loss of too much bone calcium can lead to fragile bones or oesteoporosis.

Second, an alkalising diet is a preventative measure against cancer. Better to keep up the exercise and get your calcium from alkalising dark leafy greens and sesame seeds. 

Lets leave out the cholesterol, contaminants and allergens

It’s a high fat food. And if it’s low-fat, then it has even higher levels of animal proteins.

Milk is not what it used to be. It’s highly processed and is frequently contaminated with antibiotics, not to mention some questionable farming practices and massive use of environmental resources.

You’re kinda in my space

Huge dairy corporations have big muscular marketing departments that have bred generations of “milk is good for your bones” thinkers. It’s really worth questioning this!

What other corporations get to ‘give’ an allergenic food to schools?

Of the school milk programme here in NZ,¬†Fonterra chief executive Theo Spierings says.¬†“We want to do what we can to make sure Kiwi kids grow up drinking it every day.”

I’m not buying it and I don’t think our schools should be either.

For a fascinating read into the science behind sound nutrition, weight loss and long-term health, check out The China Study: The Most Comprehensive Study of Nutrition Ever Conducted And the Startling Implications for Diet, Weight Loss, And Long-term Health