The whole truth about cow's milk

We have always been sold that milk is essential for our health: we should drink several glasses of milk per day (at breakfast, preferably at lunch, and also at dinner). But according to many nutritionists, the truth is that the only milk that the human being should drink throughout his life is breast milk. Then, once this stage has passed, milk consumption does not make sense, especially if we analyze -and we take into account- what is the reality about the not so positive effects that milk has on our body. And as we will verify throughout this article, we can not use calcium as an excuse to drink milk, mainly because this product is actually one of the lowest calcium content in its composition.

It is well known that lactose intolerance has become in recent years one of the nutritional problems that have grown the most, possibly because previously knowledge about this intolerance, which occurs within the process of absorption of lactose in the small intestine, when there is a lactase deficit the lactose passes into the large intestine without decomposing and begins to ferment.

Different scientific studies carried out in the United States by the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine, have discovered that lactase loses its activity in the small intestine when we are small, between the age of 1 to 4 years, hence the intolerance to lactose appear.

Other foods provide more calcium than milk

It is said, on the other hand, that milk is one of the foods richest in calcium, however the reality is quite different: did you know that in fact lactic products are a bad source of calcium for the human body? Hence, today it is very common to find milks enriched with calcium.

Regarding calcium, it is much more appropriate to include in our diet a good amount of:

  • Vegetables: chard, chard, spinach, leeks, artichokes, cabbage, cabbage, cauliflower and broccoli.
  • Cereals: oats, barley and wheat.
  • Nuts: almonds, dried figs, pistachios, nuts, raisins and dates.
  • Legumes: chickpeas, white beans, dried beans and lentils.
  • Seeds: sesame.

Increased decalcifications and osteoporosis

It is also often mistakenly believed that due to the fact that we have been consuming lactic products throughout our lives in the future we will not suffer from osteoporosis or decalcification. However, did you know that different scientific studies carried out in China have demonstrated the demineralizing role of animal milk? These studies found that when the Chinese (as you know, not consumers of dairy products) introduced milk into their diets, there was an increase in osteoporosis. Something even more curious: osteoporosis is considered an almost exclusive dysfunction of Western countries, large consumers of lactic products.

Increase of asthmatic diseases

On the other hand, there is scientific evidence that large drinkers and consumers of both milk and milk products have a higher incidence of asthmatic diseases. In fact, these studies have shown that when the dairy products were completely suppressed, cortisone consumption decreased.

The reason? Cow's milk is rich in casein, which in humans produces a lot of phlegm (mucus) as a defense mechanism to get rid of these toxins.

In addition to colds, asthma and allergies, casein causes otitis, thyroid disorder and obesity.

Other disorders already related to the consumption of milk and its derivatives

Different studies have found that the consumption of milk - and its derivatives - could be related to: colds, conjunctivitis, sinusitis, allergies, asthma, eczema, psoriasis, arthritis, osteoarthritis, fibroids, anemia, fibromyalgia, constipation, Crohn's disease, colon and breast cancer, decalcification, osteoporosis and bronchitis.

In addition, scientific studies also suggest that there is a greater relationship between milk consumption and increased risk of juvenile diabetes and Parkinson's disease.

... And then, what milk could I drink?

Surely, like me, you will be very used to drink milk with breakfast, accompanied by cereals, and also to take some other cut throughout the day ... So, after reading this article, you have many doubts on how to replace milk.

The best option is vegetable milks, which besides being nutritionally adequate, we can easily elaborate at home. Highlights include almond milk, sesame milk, hazelnut milk, pistachio milk and rice milk.

However, other scientific studies show the nutritional richness of animal milk.Therefore, like everything in excess, nutritionists talk about the possibility of continuing to drink milk but only in small quantities (for example, maximum one glass of milk per day), and provide calcium and vitamin D to our body from other foods .

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