Many people often believe the misconception that vegan’s don’t get any calcium because they don’t drink milk. Not only is this wrong, but so is believing the fact that getting calcium from cow’s milk is healthy for humans.
I am here to tell you that this is not true. Take everything you’ve been told about cow’ milk, and throw it away. I am not trying to change anyone’s opinions on the matter, and I am not trying to convert anyone to a vegan lifestyle. I am however providing the facts so that you can be aware of the situation and know what you are putting into your body. I’ve done my research, and here is what i found:
1. Human beings are not designed to drink any milk except human milk (only during infancy, of course)
2. Cow’s milk is strictly for calf consumption. Humans are the only creature that continue to drink milk after infancy. The milk that cow’s produce are for their babies to grow. The biochemical make-up of cow’s milk is perfectly suited to turn a 65 pound new born calf into a 400 pound cow in one year.
3. Milk is actually a pour source of dietary calcium. Human’s, like cows, get all the calcium they need from plant based foods such as spinach, broccoli, oranges, kale, almonds, etc. Not only is cow’s milk a poor source of calcium, but it actually increases calcium loss from our bones. Source: http://saveourbones.com/osteoporosis-milk-myth/
4. Milk may increase the likelihood of osteoporosis. Scientific research into the composition and consumption of another mammal’s milk shows it contains many components which can harm our health. Dairy products have been linked to breast, bowel, ovarian and prostate cancer, diabetes, asthma, digestive issues and numerous other conditions. Source: http://www.whitelies.org.uk/health-nutrition/health#q6
5. Milk is very processed. Nowadays, cows are given antibiotics and most are also injected with a genetically engineered form of bovine growth hormone (rBGH). A man-made or synthetic hormone used to artificially increase milk production, rBGH also increases blood levels of the insulin-growth factor 1 (IGF-1) in those who drink it. And higher levels of IGF-1 are linked to several cancers.
So next time you go to drink milk or a dairy product, maybe try to reconsider. There are many dairy free options in our society today for milks, yogurts and many more. If you are concerned that you won’t know how to get calcium, check out my post on Getting Calcium without Dairy.