After a Year of Research & Debate, Here’s Why I Gave Up Milk!

These facts about milk startled me and I stopped giving milk to my child. Here are a few nuggets of wisdom that I have gathered in the last 1 year.

 

Before you dismiss this, watch this video and try out with your child - 

 

 

Cow’s milk and all dairy products were the love of my life, ever since I was a baby! My emergency food, my food for solace, my food for health. I quite despised those who poured that glass of milk down the drain.

 

In fact, I was so fond of milk while I grew up in Bihar (where the supply of fresh milk was abundant) that I never liked adding sugar or any other supplements to alter its taste.

 

And then, along my journey of discovering ways for improving health I met Dr Vijaya Venkat at The Health Awareness Centre. That changed the way I looked at milk completely.  Until then, I somehow switched off when presented with debates on milk.

 

The path that I followed thereafter, opened my eyes to a number of food fads and nutrition myths, milk, being one of them. It shocked me and my belief system thoroughly. Thus, ensued a prolonged scientific research to find out more about milk as a food for humans.

 

Here are the facts that made me finally give up milk:

 

 

 

Milk sugar (lactose), needs an enzyme called lactase to digest it. Milk protein (casein) needs an enzyme called rennin to digest it. Both rennin and lactase are no longer produced in the human intestine after the age of three! So, we cannot digest Milk or Milk products after the age of three.

 

 

Cow’s milk is meant for calves. Nature has specifically designed it to be high-protein, since a calf doubles its weight in 45 days. A human baby, doubles its weight in 180 days. So if we drink the milk meant for calves, it is sure to cause damage.

 

Colostrum in breast milk (fit for humans and lower in protein than cow’s milk) protects babies from all human diseases. Cow’s milk provides protection only against cow diseases and doesn’t help build any immunity against human diseases.

 

Cow’s milk has 300 times more casein than human milk - and casein is the base for one of the strongest glues used by carpenters. Imagine what will it do to our intestines!

 

Besides, we are the only species which drink another mammal’s milk. Think about it!

 

 

Pasteurization (heating milk to a high temperature) destroys whatever food value the milk may have. Powdered milk, milk substitutes and dairy whiteners are further processed so they have hardly any nutrition left in them.

 

 

Cows don’t lactate enough to feed the entire human population. For our selfish needs, cows are forcibly made pregnant every year so that they lactate. A prod is pushed up their uterus to make them give more milk. Also, the conditions in which milk is usually extracted, stored and transported are not something we can be proud of. It is best to visit a dairy farm to really see and know this for ourselves.

 

 

All leafy vegetables contain calcium. All raw nuts contain calcium. Dried fruits contain calcium. Raw sesame seeds are the richest sources of calcium! In fact, all these sources have a much higher grade of calcium than milk. Milk’s calcium is tied up with casein which makes it difficult to use and the rest is destroyed by pasteurization.

 

If we have fruits and vegetables daily and raw nuts even occasionally, we are likely to be calcium sufficient!



It is entirely up to you to do your own research before you make any decisions on milk for your family.

 

Watch this short film about Dairy facts to understand better:

 

 

PS: A little test in case you want to validate these facts - Give up milk for a month and see if any symptoms of frequent illnesses vanish! Or, atleast stop milk when your child is unwell. It takes around 18 hours for our bodies to break down a cup of milk. So give it some rest when it is trying to fight a germ!

 

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Also Read - Do You Boil Milk Before Drinking or, Offering to Your Child? Think Again!

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Comments (20)



Ruchi Srivastava (shilpa)

yes i knew this before. once i had a long debate with my father whn i was in class 7-8th but no one was convinced at home. now i wll show these two short stories to them :)
ps: I don't like milk :)

Aprajita Trivedi

I'm worried about...

afsha sarfaraz

fake information misleading people

Priya

I worry the same..

Sagar Desai

I personally believe that milk is good source of vitamins , doctor always recommend milk and milk products for vegetarians.

Rhituparna Mitra

I know it's a lot of information that's contrary to our belief systems which we have nurtured for so many years! So it's hard to believe and implement. I was in that state of denial for 2 years and kept sneaking on paneer, curd in guilt that I am not drinking milk. But believe me folks, I have not taken any medicines for cold, cough or anything else nor have I given to my daughter. Don't ask me about the number of visits to the doctor before that. So I took this plunge as a calculated risk and started asking every doctor and nutritionist I knew. Lot of people dismissed but there are books on foods and the natural rhythm of our body (which doesn't accept milk) which you can buy and read. There's scientific evidence behind this...You need to just do your research well.

Neha Sharma

I thought a lot about this, and have decided to stop milk for myself. Now it's occasionally I am having milk and milk products like while having dahi bhalle 😬 but I completely agree with the information shared here.

Prachi Nishar

Have u heard about traditional Indian cows and A2 milk. What ever u have mentioned about the health effects of milk is all correct in respect to the A1 milk from Jersey cows. The milk from Grass fed free grazed traditional Indian cows having a Hump is what our ancestors and elders recommend and are correct in their recommendations.

Rhituparna Mitra

Prachi Nishar Hey great point! I have heard about milk from grass-fed cows but don't know the specific details. Can you help share? Also where to get A1 milk from?

Preeti Athri

I wholeheartedly agree with this article. My digestion has greatly improve after i stopped milk!

Dr. Payal M

Interesting.; Is this related to the quality of milk n milk products we are receiving in today's times, or its just a blanket theory for milk in general. Coz for our previous generations not only milk, but so many milk products formed a part of daily food intake- curd, malai, ghee, butter, paneer etc everything ws home made and consumed in good quantities.;;;

Sanket Khatavkar

I wish I knew this before

Rhituparna Mitra

Dr. Payal M Both. The facts about why our body can't absorb anything about milk remains true irrespective of the quality of milk. Modern artificial methods of forcing the cows to lactate adds to the problem. All points are explained in the article :-)

Ajita Verma

My dietitian is a PhD and I also have a gynecologist. Both support milk. It's just that I don't take packed milk. I take A2 cow milk which is worth the money it costs. Can't take milk from injected and badly treated cows.

vaishali

This is so well written.

Deepti Kush

Yes agree !!; Milk is so much attached to our age-old traditions; That; it's like questioning our; beliefs .

Deepti Kush

Really confused

JYOTIk

Quite informative.i am always confused about giving milk to my child bcos my child was getting continuous I'll and my doc advised me to stop all diary products .so don't know

Suviraj Singh Chauhan

I wish I knew this before

Rebecca Prakash

I remember reading this article when I was pregnant and it troubled me. A mom becomes a scientist when it comes to her kids. After lot of rnd I have decided not to give milk to my daughter.

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