5 reasons why milk does NOT do a body good
(NaturalHealth365) Most people can remember the popularity of those “Got Milk?” ads from a few decades back. And while the marketing strategy was pretty genius, it’s unfortunate that the message – ‘consume milk to improve your health’ is largely inaccurate, according to many scientific reports.
Now, new data is revealing a stunning trend: cow’s milk allergy is the most COMMON food allergy in children younger than five. Yet, for some reason, milk is still heavily marketed to children (and their parents) as part of a healthy diet that kids “need” to help them grow strong.
Today, we expose how the conventional dairy industry is deceiving the general public.
Developing a milk allergy is FAR more common in children than previously thought, research shows
According to breaking research presented by the American College of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology (ACAAI), over HALF of food-allergic infants aged 1 year or younger are allergic to cow’s milk.
Perhaps more surprisingly, more than 2% of ALL American children younger than 5 have a milk allergy, too. If you’re curious, that’s just around half a million children, based on official population estimates.
Additional estimates show that as many as 65% of adults are lactose intolerant, meaning their bodies can’t digest a key sugar found in milk and other dairy products. The implication here is that a dairy allergy (or at the very least a dairy intolerance) isn’t necessarily something you just “grow out of.”
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So chances are, even if you don’t have a full blown dairy allergy, it’s worth the effort to reduce or eliminate dairy from your diet.
By the way, it’s worth mentioning that the dairy farming lobby spent a total of $5.2 million in 2018.
Clearly, conventional agricultural giants are trying to protect one of its biggest money makers – dairy. And, to make matters worse, consider how the majority of dairy products are produced – from farm-factory, unethically raised cows who are living in deplorable conditions.
These just aren’t the kind of industry practices American consumers should be supporting with their hard-earned money.
5 convincing reasons to go dairy-free – even if you don’t have a milk allergy
Think that creamer in your coffee or occasional grilled cheese sandwich doesn’t affect you? Just check out these five surprising ways that dairy could be hurting your health:
- Dairy consumption can lead to signs and symptoms of intolerance including acne, stomach upset, gas, and bloating.
- Research shows dairy increases the production of a hormone called insulin-like growth factor (IGF-1), which is known to promote cancer in humans. In fact, higher intake of dairy products has been correlated with an increased risk of prostate cancer by as much as 50%.
- Milk (and calcium supplements, for that matter) doesn’t reduce the risk of fractures. Believe it or not, research has found that dairy consumption actually INCREASES the risk for fracture by as much as 50%.
- Consuming dairy can disrupt the healthy bacteria living in your gut, which can impair your ability to absorb nutrients and hinder your immune system.
- Enough with the calcium, anyway – it actually isn’t as important for bone density as previously thought. Vitamin D3 appears to be much more essential.
The truth is, the vitamins and minerals in dairy can easily be found in other foods, including fish, vegetables and eggs. You really don’t need dairy for strong bones or anything else.
In fact, countries with the LOWEST reported dairy consumption happen to have the LOWEST rate of osteoporosis!
Curious about how going dairy-free could benefit your health? Experiment with it yourself and see what happens. You may be pleasantly surprised by the changes you notice.
Editor’s note: While I say that ‘organic’ or ‘grass fed’ (raw) milk is much “better” than conventional (pasteurized) varieties … it’s still my opinion – based on over 30 years of experience helping people in the health and fitness industry – that dairy products (milk, ice cream and cheese, in particular) should be used sparingly due to allergies.
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