Oh dairy, what a love-hate relationship so many of us have with you! Dairy gives us delicious things like ice cream, cheese and butter, as well as tasty diet foods like non-fat cheese and greek yogurt. But is dairy actually healthy for us? Let's look at the research.
When a woman gives birth her body produces milk so that she is able to nurse her newborn. A mother’s milk provides the necessary nutrients for a baby to grow from a newborn to a toddler. When she is done nursing her baby, after 12-24 months, the mother's milk dries up. Like humans, female cows also produce milk for their young. In fact, the only real difference is that the cow’s milk is fattening enough to transform a 90 pound calf into a 2,000 pound baby cow.
Once the calf is done growing, the mother's milk dries up just like a human. However, the milk industry does not let their cows stop there. Instead, they go against nature and force these animals to produce milk for the duration of the animal's life by using metal clamps to suck out the milk. These metal clamps are extremely painful to the cows and often cause infection and disease. In addition, many cows (unless you buy organic) are given Bovine growth hormone, given to cows in order to make them mature faster and produce more milk, which is then consumed by us...
"But I can't LIVE without cheese," you say?!
No need to go completely cold turkey, but it is best to limit your dairy intake to only 1-2 servings a day and aim to buy organic as too much dairy consumption is linked to a wide range of problems such as: weight gain, cancer, osteoporosis, diabetes, acne, digestive distress, allergies, asthma and more. To read more about the effects of dairy on the human body click HERE.
Links for additional reading:
+ New York Times
+ Huffington Post
+ Nutrition MD