Humans are the only animals on the planet that drink another animal’s
milk. Thus, by definition, drinking cows’ milk is extremely
Despite thousands of years of cattle domestication, the human digestive
system hasn’t even adapted to dairy consumption, which is why
you probably can’t do the “Gallon Challenge.”
In fact, 60 percent of adults worldwide are unable to effectively
digest lactose, the main sugar found in milk. So why do Americans
insist on consuming massive amounts of dairy products? Dairy industry
propaganda and decades of lobbying have made us believe that milk
“does a body good,” when in fact it only increases the
risk of disease and unhappiness for millions of humans and cows
Milk’s inclusion in the U.S. Department of Agriculture food
pyramid is a direct result of ties to the dairy industry. Most non-Caucasian
ethnic groups are almost completely lactose intolerant, yet receive
all their required nutrients.
While our favorite, mucus-like mammary secretion does contain large
amounts of calcium, that calcium is unlikely to be fully absorbed.
Enzymes such as phosphatase, critical to calcium absorption, are
completely destroyed by pasteurization.
This means that the calcium content on the label isn’t what
your body can utilize. The best sources of calcium are actually
leafy green vegetables, like broccoli, collard greens, kale and
spinach, which also come without the high proportion of saturated
fat that contributes to obesity and heart disease.
Harvard studies have actually shown an increase in osteoporosis
and bone-breakage in people who drink milk. The former chairman
of pediatrics at Johns Hopkins University, Dr. Frank Oski, has identified
hormone-ridden commercial milk as the cause of 60 percent of ear
infections in kids under the age of 6. Milk consumption is the biggest
cause of iron-deficiency anemia in children, according to the American
Association of Pediatrics.