11 Reasons to Stop Eating Dairy

Milk and dairy products are not the health foods we’ve been told they are.  Here are 11 reasons to stop consuming them:

1. Cow’s milk is intended for baby cows.  We’re the only species (other than those we are domesticating) that drinks milk after infancy.  And, we’re definitely the only ones drinking the milk of a different species.

2.  Hormones. Not only are the naturally-present hormones in cow’s milk stronger than human hormones, the animals are routinely given steroids and other hormones to plump them up and increase milk production.  These hormones can negatively impact humans’ delicate hormonal balance.

3.  Most cows are fed inappropriate food.  Commercial feed for cows contains all sorts of ingredients that include:  genetically-modified (GM) corn, GM soy, animal products, chicken manure, cottonseed, pesticides, and antibiotics.

4.  Dairy products, when metabolized, are acid-forming.  Our bodies are constantly striving for biochemical balance to keep our blood at 7.365 pH.  Eating excessive acid-forming products can cause our bodies to overuse some of its acid-balancing mechanisms, one of which is the bones.  Alkaline calcium is stored in the bones and released to combat excessive acidity in the body.  Over time, bones can become fragile.

5.  Research shows that the countries whose citizens consume the most dairy products have the HIGHEST incidence of osteoporosis.

6.  Most dairy cows live in confined, inhumane conditions, never seeing the pastures of green grass they were intended to eat.

7. Most dairy products are pasteurized to kill potentially-harmful bacteria.  During the pasteurization process, vitamins, proteins, and enzymes are destroyed.  Enzymes assist with the digestion process.  When they are destroyed through pasteurization, milk becomes harder to digest, therefore putting a strain on our bodies’ enzyme systems.

8.  Dairy products are mucous-forming. They can contribute to respiratory disorders.  When I remove dairy and sugar from the diets of my clients, they stop experiencing hay fever and seasonal allergies.

9.  Research links dairy products with arthritis. In one study on rabbits, scientist Richard Panush was able to PRODUCE inflamed joints in the animals by switching their water to milk.  In another study, scientists observed more than a 50% reduction in the pain and swelling of arthritis when participants eliminated milk and dairy products from their diet.

10  Most milk is homogenized, which denatures the milk’s proteins, making it harder to digest.  Many peoples’ bodies react to these proteins as though they are “foreign invaders” causing their immune systems to overreact.  Research also links homogenized milk to heart disease.

11.  Pesticides in cow feed find their way into milk and dairy products that we consume.

Check out my Dairy-Free Soft Cheese recipe for a delicious alternative to dairy cheese.

Michelle Schoffro Cook

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Jo S.
Jo S.1 months ago

Thank you Michelle.

Caroline B.
Caroline B.3 months ago

I recently bought some butter from the cream of 100% grass feed cattle, the colour and taste were amazing, and even though it was very expensive i will buy it again instead of the more commercially available form.

Anteater Ants
Anteater Ants4 months ago

We anteaters eat... well, you know what.

Anteater Ants
Anteater Ants4 months ago

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Glennis Whitney
Glennis Whitney5 months ago

When we were kids and milked the cows we used to squirt it in each others mouth, used to separate the milk, then heated it to bring the cream to the top, which was used to make butter, yummy the good old days.

Sarah H.
Sarah H.9 months ago

so sad , Rosemary h..the rainforest is also destroyed for cattle feed-to provide that butter-unless you are able to get soem other kind of butter-from non-soy-fed cows..i love butter too, and wont go the palm-oil route,,,but,,enough is enough!home-made jam is qute nice too...

Sarah H.
Sarah H.9 months ago

having just seen "Cowspiracy", i recommend that all intersted in these matters see it before making up your mind to ignore this article..i kinda feeel that the way peolpe used to use cow-milk wasnt so bad-when we got so much less of it, when it wasnt full of meds, when cows were better looked after--nowadays when ew know th eimpact of intensive cattle farming on the world, starvation,cutting of rainforest for gM cattle-feed, climate change etc, we should be thinknig very carefully...

Heather O.
Heather O.9 months ago

*eye roll* Still eating butter and cheese, thankyouverymuch. Also ice cream, as my tolerance dictates.

I've worked on dairy farms. Your repeated information is faulty.

gail k.
gail k.9 months ago

Makes me think twice,with all the dairy alternatives now adays it is harder and harder to justify use of cows for their milk. providing milk for another species and being held in confinement just seems inhumane.

Debbie S.
Debbie S.10 months ago

Obviously a repeat and I will still eat dairy, organic when possible