Why is this such a difficult question to answer? If you look through medical reports about milk from the last few decades, you'll find that some sing the praises of milk while others are very critical and claim that it's harmful. So is there a reliable verdict when it comes to milk? Is it healthy or is it bad for you, or maybe neither of these is true? Today we're giving you the answers.
The topic for today is often discussed and always controversial. Everyone seems to have quite an emotional attachment to milk. Many of us had milk to drink at a very young age, whether at home or at school, and the imagery of the peaceful cow grazing in a pasture is just part of our culture. In order to be able to address this topic in an objective way, we have to take a step back from the emotional attachment we have to milk.
The nutritional profile of cow milk is very different from human milk
If one looks at the facts surrounding the subject of milk, then it becomes clear that the claim that milk is healthy can in no way be supported. On the contrary, it is becoming more and more clear that the nutritional profile of animal milk means that milk is simply not ideal for our health.
Human milk Cow milk
Constituent mg/100 cal. mg/100 cal.
Calcium 45 194
Phosphorus 18 152
Sodium 23 80
Potassium 72 246
Compared to human milk, the greater nutrient density in cows milk is not really surprising – a calf doubles in weight four times faster than a human child. The concentrations of protein (human milk: 1.2g/100ml vs cow milk: 3.3g/100ml) and calcium are almost three to four times higher than in human milk.
The China Study: Milk Receives Poor Marks
Okay, so far so good: More nutrients sounds good…that can only be good for the body, right? Unfortunately some well-know research contradicts this common-sense conclusion. The largest epidemiological study ever carried out worldwide, conducted by the renowned scientist Dr. T. Colin Campbell in the 1970s, in fact does not yield a positive verdict for cow milk.
The study proves what has until today been confirmed in numerous animal research: Milk can stimulate the growth of tumor cells. This is not due to the fat or cholesterol content of milk, rather it is connected to the animal protein called casein, which accounts for 87% of the protein content of milk from cows. According to Dr. Campbell's study, casein encourages all stages of cancer growth. Plant-based proteins actually have the opposite effect – it has been shown that even consumption of high amounts of plant protein is not conducive to cancer development.
That's not to say that the fat and cholesterol content of milk should be disregarded. Fat and cholesterol encourage the development of conditions like arterial sclerosis, obesity, diabetes, high blood pressure, and many more health problems. This also goes for low-fat milk. If calculated without the water present in milk, which amounts to 87%, and we look at the fat content per calorie of what remails, we find that the fat content of milk is not around 3%. Instead, we discover that 60% of the calories in milk come from fat, and even for low-fat milk the number is still 35%. This relationship between calories and fat is worse still for milk products like yogurt and even more so cheese.
Last but not least, cow milk is also quite difficult to digest. The reason is that the nutritional profile of milk is not ideal for our bodies, which is why people with digestive problems or diseases that involve the digestive tract should avoid milk to the extent possible, or at least greatly reduce the amount they consume.
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So the question then is why are we always hearing about the health benefits of drinking milk? The answer is actually difficult to explain. The fact is that milk is at the center of a massive business sector, which is naturally also able to sway the political landscape. Whether there's a connection between the dairy industry and the nutritional advice coming from governments is really up to you to decide. Moreover, you've probably received contradictory advice from people you know, medical professionals and the media. Decide for yourself. Just try to exclude milk and milk products from your diet for a while, and pay attention to how you feel. That is really the only thing that's important.
If you can, cut animal milk out of your diet completely, and if that's not possible for you then reduce the amount you consume. This advice is all the more important for people with stomach or intestinal problems. If completely giving up milk and products made from milk is not really an option for you, then regularly detoxify your body with Bentomed MICRO. The especially fine healing clay it contains helps your digestive system to process milk and other dairy products.
T. Colin Campbell, Thomas M. Campbell: China Study, 4th edition, 2018
Dr. J. McDougall: Dairy Products and 10 False Promises, April 2003 newsletter
British Medical Journal: Milk intake and risk of mortality and fractures in women and men, cohort study published in 2014
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