Current government guidelines recommend drinking three glasses of milk a day for every adult. But is milk healthy for us and should we be eating dairy at all?
I cut diary out of my diet years ago, primarily because it didn’t agree with me, but still believe there is sufficient doubt about its health qualities and question whether we should be drinking milk at all.
A recent study from Harvard University, published in the Journal of the American Medical Association showed a lack of evidence for the government’s recommendations. The Harvard scientists found no data to support the claim that the consumption of dairy leads to better bones, weight loss, or improved health.
They also found some serious risks tied to dairy consumption, including weight gain, increased cancer risk, and increased fracture risk. The study suggests that dairy can also cause other problems like constipation, irritable bowel syndrome, diarrhea, allergies, eczema and acne. Whilst it is true that some people can tolerate dairy in small amounts, it should not be a staple of our diets.
Unfortunately, dairy contains some very allergenic proteins, which can be problematic for many people. Alternatives to cows’ milk are goat and sheep dairy, which include sheep cheese and yogurt, goat cheese and yogurt, both of which are widely available. It is known that if consumed in large quantities, dairy can also deplete bone density, which is the cause of other significant health problems.
I’m personally not keen on goat’s cheese, as it tends to have quite an over-bearing aroma and strong taste. Perhaps we should also choose organic because pesticides and chemicals are concentrated in the fat found in non-organic dairy. Unfortunately, organic cows are often milked while pregnant, producing milk that is full of hormones.
There is a suggest that we take a ‘dairy holiday’ for two weeks and see how you feel and then reintroduce dairy again but try to cut down. Better still, if possible, stick to low fat sheep or goat dairy if you do decide to eat dairy again, but try to avoid cow dairy.
I’ve heard it said, cows’ milk… great for calves, not so great for humans. I believe that sentiment to be true.