Cow Milk Increases Risk of Bone Fractures.

Milk Not God For Bones

For decades we’ve been told by the dairy industry that drinking milk is good for our bones. This is because it’s an excellent source of calcium and Vitamin D. Research does not support that it’s good for our bones. In fact, has discovered the exact opposite could be true.

For example, studies show that drinking large quantities of cow’s milk contributes to an increased risk of bone fractures as we age. Moreover, it doesn’t prevent osteoporosis and could increase a woman’s risk of getting the disease. Why? Cow’s milk is an “acidifying animal protein.” The body reacts to acids by neutralizing them to protect organs like the kidneys. As the body is neutralizing the milk, the bones are not absorbing nutrients and lose calcium.

Furthermore, another reason to forego cow’s milk is lactose intolerance. For example, even without an official diagnosis, close to 75% of us lack the enzyme to digest cow’s milk because we were never meant to drink another mammal’s milk. Think about it. Mammals should only drink their mother’s milk. Cow’s milk is meant for a calf, not a human.

Milk Substitutes

When thinking about the list of packaged and processed foods that are bad for us, we should add milk to it. Milk is not what it was in the 19th century–raw and untouched. It is now a processed food (often with added hormones and antibiotics) and we have pasteurization and homogenization to thank for that.

Can’t bear to give up milk? Consider substituting it with unsweetened almond milk. Almonds are alkalizing (rather than acidifying–more information about that here and the taste of almond milk is very similar to cow’s milk. Rice and organic soy milk are also excellent choices if almond milk isn’t an option.

In conclusion, talk to a variety of healthcare professionals and research the internet on cow’s milk (and alternative sources of calcium and Vitamin D) before deciding to limit or stop drinking it. You may learn it doesn’t “do a body good” as thought.

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