Milk, and dairy products that are derived from milk, like yogurt and cheese, are not considered to be healthy food choices for humans. Dairy products are full of saturated fat and cholesterol, and neither of these things is advisable for people to consume. Numerous studies have shown that milk and milk products are some of the biggest contributors of unhealthy, saturated fats in the SAD (Standard American Diet).

These products are also loaded with calories, and this causes a contradiction to the advice from many health experts that people should not be consuming “empty, liquid calories”. Dairy products are also void of essential fatty acids, iron, and vitamin C. The insufficient nutrient benefit that dairy provides has many in the vegan community referring to milk as nothing more than meat in liquid form.

Cancer

Cancer is a disease that affects Americans of every color, nationality, race, gender and age. It is responsible for almost 25% of all deaths in the United States. However, what if you were told that you could possibly turn the signals off and on in your body that can cause cancer mutations if you simply ate certain foods and avoided others.

Master of Public Health graduates and other health experts have noted several experiments that were conducted on rats, which back up this theory. The experiments concluded that when the rats were fed a diet that contained large amounts of protein, the development of cancer in the rats increased. The carcinogen known as aflatoxin was found in the animal’s body at higher amounts. What was the protein that was added to the rats’ diet? It was casein, a protein that is in milk.

These are similar effects in the human body as well. Milk and cheese have long been theorized to contribute to breast cancer and ovarian cancer development in women. Men have a high percentage of developing prostate cancer when eating a high protein, high dairy diet.

Osteoporosis

Milk is often promoted as an excellent way to build healthy, strong bones. Women are encouraged to drink even more milk during their childbearing years to ‘offset’ osteoporosis that is generally synonymous with menopause.

Unfortunately, the exact opposite has been proven to be more accurate. Consuming dairy daily is now shown to have little effect on a woman’s bone health. What is even more disconcerting is that dairy has shown to have a negative impact on bone health.

Harvard Study Conclusive

In a study conducted by Harvard University researchers with an MPH degree concluded that bone fractures were more prevalent in women who drank milk and/or ate cheese every day when compared to women who did not consume any dairy products.

A similar study showed inconclusive results on dairy among the younger generations but was shown that when dairy milk consumption continued after the age of 20, there was a higher risk of fractures in the hip area. Several studies confirmed that countries that had a much higher dairy intake had more cases of hip fractures than countries with a lower dairy intake.

As a nation, Americans must reduce the consumption of dairy in their diets. Even though the official guidelines still focus on several servings of dairy daily, it should be limited or ideally eliminated from the diet. Switching to plant milk options is the first step to a healthier life.

Disclosure: Life of a Southern Mom received a form of compensation for the publication of this article. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

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