Dairy milk is the perfect food–for baby cows. When you pause to think about it logically, why on Earth do we as a society think that it is normal and healthy to consume the mammary secretions of a different animal–especially after we have been weaned from our own mother’s milk after infancy? Not only are humans not meant to drink the milk from mother cows, but in doing so we are actually poisoning our bodies. Wait a minute. Isn’t Milk supposed to be nature’s best source of nutrition? Pop stars, Olympic athletes, and our grandmas have been saying “Drink our milk!” our entire lives. If society says something is true it must be true, right?
The milk industry is one of the most convoluted and patronizing industries out there. Inordinate amounts of money have been spent on “Got Milk” and the newer “Milk Life” campaigns for decades, and the industry has become quite successful in buying their right to human and animal exploitation.
Big Milk’s pride and joy is its protein content. Let’s discuss this for a moment: There are 20 amino acids needed for humans to function and rebuild cells. Our bodies naturally regenerate over half of those, leaving only 9 as essential amino acids that we must consume from diet. Foods that contain all 9 are called complete proteins or in the meat and dairy industry’s terms “high quality” protein. The ties between the milk and meat industries are blatantly seen with Milk Life’s recommendations for “the best breakfast.” Among the “high quality” proteins they include are: milk, eggs, sausage, and bacon. What a surprise. It looks like the dairy industry has never heard of quinoa, buckwheat, amaranth, spirulina, hemp seeds, chia seeds, soy, rice and beans or lentils, seitan, hummus and pita, or a peanut butter sandwich—all of which are examples of plant-based, 100% complete proteins. What is important to know, however, is that complete proteins do not denote superior nutrition. It is not necessary for humans to consume all sources of protein as complete proteins; the body can absorb all the essential amino acids from eating a variety of foods throughout the day—and yes, just by eating plants.
Aside from playing the protein card, Big Milk tries to win the public over by touting its “amazing” sources of vitamin D (which is only a fortified additive), vitamin B-12 (the cows themselves have to take supplements), vitamin A (carrots and sweet potatoes have 100x more), phosphorous (all beans have it beat), and potassium (can’t compete with bananas), and of course, calcium. Calcium is something milk has going for it right? Well, yes…and no. Human blood must be in a state of alkalinity to be healthy and eating animal products like milk creates acidity in the body. In order to remedy this pH imbalance, our bodies draw out the calcium from our bones, eventually rendering them weak and porous. We have been told our entire lives that milk gives us strong bones when, in fact, the countries that consume the highest amounts of milk (USA and northern European countries) have the highest rates of osteoporosis and bone fractures.
If FDA approved somatic cell counts (pus), growth hormones, and leached antibiotics from infections in conventionally produced milk aren’t deterring enough, just consider that dairy itself is toxic to our bodies. In short, we need to stop perceiving milk as a superfood. We have been eating–drinking–up lies for too long. It is time to change. It’s time to give credit to plants for naturally containing all the nutrition we need to live and thrive. It’s time to say, “No, I don’t ‘Got Milk.’ And I don’t want it either.”
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