Report: We have always been told and we know milk builds strong bones and teeth. We studied it in school and heard it from our moms. The benefits of calcium used to be milk’s primary claim to fame. In fact, milk is the top food source of calcium in our diets. This is all we knew about milk but you would be surprised to know that all we know about milk is not correct. Yes, a US based research organization T. Colin Campbell Center for Nutrition Studies revealed that cow milk and its byproducts are not good for health.
Over the past several decades, cow’s milk and its byproducts have come to be seen as an essential part of the diet of most Americans. Milk and milk products such as cheese, yogurt, ice cream, whey, kefir and butter have been effectively promoted by the Unified Marketing Plan with a budget in excess of $165 million a year. But this promotion hasn’t just been about advertising. Federal laws mandate that all schools will provide children with milk at each meal or face the loss of federal funds. Those responsible for this mandate have chosen to ignore the fact that up to 90 percent of African- American, 70 percent of Asian, and 15 percent of Caucasian children are unable to digest the sugar (lactose) in milk. Despite this and other controversies regarding health consequences, dairy consumption has steadily climbed since 1980. Half of all dairy consumption (per capita consumption currently exceeds 584 pounds per year) comes in the form of cheese, a super-concentrated form of health compromising saturated fat and salt.
Of all the animals on the planet, people are the only creatures who routinely consume the milk products of other species. What has been assumed to be a beneficial practice is, in fact, more than merely questionable. The scientific evidence suggests that the consequences of this practice are devastating. It appears likely that no other component in the modern diet causes more pain and suffering, including premature death and disability, than dairy products.