I recently read an article about milk. It stated some studies and quoted some facts about linking bone fractures with people consuming large quantities of milk. Studies were also claiming calcium intake to be related to the risk of several types of cancer.
The author noted that buying milk in a grocery store also supports inhumane corporations because of mistreating the animals in factories.
I strongly oppose mistreating animals. But the only argument the author stated against processed ‘milk’, was about supporting inhumane corporations? No health risks involved with milk processing?
Milk versus ‘milk’
Could there be any difference between the milk in the picture below and the one above? Any differences in unwanted health risks?
Would it make sense to consider how a pack of ‘milk’ can last for a month (or more) on a store shelf, while raw, unprocessed milk will last only for a few days?
Would it make sense to ask what pasteurization (and other forms of processing) does to milk and its nutrients? No health risks there?
A friend used to work in a sample-testing department of a milk factory (in our country). He confirmed that when processing or producing milk, the factory mixes incoming raw cow milk with water in a 1 to 8 ratio.
That is an unverified claim. But it comes as no surprise, thinking about all the profit-oriented ideas and mechanisms entrepreneurial business managers invent these days.
I don’t want to go into details here. I only want to raise some critical thinking with you. If you mix one unit of milk with eight units of water — how does that taste? Or worse, which kinds and how many additives are required to reproduce the flavor, form, and color? And that milk can last for a month or more? No potential health risks there?
Milk structure and pasteurization
Milk, in general, could be one of Nature’s nearly perfect foods. Yes, for infants, and within the species, OK. But there are at least three things to consider:
- First, a healthy adult (mammal) does not need milk. I agree. But why would I not want to use the benefits of milk when I am having digestive problems, for example?
- Second, all mammals — herbivores and carnivores — feed their newborns with animal fat and protein. And that means herbivores and carnivores.
- And third, does all that even remotely sound like anything damaging, toxic, or even cancerous? Sorry, not to me.
What about ‘milk’? Processing, for example, pasteurization — heating the milk, mostly at Ultra-High Temperatures — destroys the lipase enzyme. Lipase performs an essential role in the digestion, transport, and processing of fatty acids. Lipase is not present in pasteurized milk.
No potential health risks there?
Pasteurized milk contains lactose. But there is no galactose, which is essential for the hydrolysis of lactose. How does the digestive system break down the lactose without galactose?
No potential health risks there?
Lactose intolerance to pasteurized milk is common in most population groups. It affects 95% Asians, 74% Native Americans, 70% African Americans, 53% Mexican Americans, and 15% whites in the United States.
Pasteurization of milk also releases oxidized cholesterol. This one causes arteriosclerosis and cancer. The effects of processing milk were thoroughly studied and evaluated. You can find studies online.
“The 7-ketocholesterol was not detected (ND) in all raw milk samples. On the contrary, heating of milk led to the formation of cholesterol oxidation products (COPs), mostly, 7-ketocholesterol in different quantities.” — AlRowaily
Calcium is essential. It should help build strong bones. But several conducted studies (mentioned in the article above) argued that bone fractures were the highest in regions with the highest dairy consumption. Studies also claimed excess calcium intake from dairy to be linked to a higher risk of certain cancers. Why?
Pasteurization of milk destroys the phosphatase enzyme. Phosphatase is essential for calcium absorption and is abundant in raw milk. However, pasteurization destroys phosphatase. That represents a »decalcification« of processed milk and baby formulas for infants. It might prove to be one of the primary reasons for osteoporosis later in life.
Pasteurization of milk destroys the phosphatase enzyme. Phosphatase is essential for calcium absorption and is abundant in raw milk. However, pasteurization destroys phosphatase. That represents a »decalcification« of processed milk and baby formulas for infants. That might prove to be one of the primary reasons for osteoporosis later in life.
It is already widely accepted that low calcium absorption in healthy women (around age 20) can cause a loss of backbone density. These women (with low calcium absorption) might lose 50% or more bone density to their age of 70.
Are they referring to ‘milk’?
The mentioned article also stated that excess calcium intake from dairy is related to ovarian cancer. A study by Daniel W. Cramer, MD, ScD., and his colleagues from Harward University came to an intriguing conclusion.
It is the consumption of pasteurized milk that affects ovaries. Some women have remarkably low levels of certain enzymes. And when consuming processed dairy, the risk for developing ovarian cancer triples, compared to other women.
Vegetarians and vegans
I often hear vegetarians and vegans explain that humans were herbivores. And our digestive system is not suited for animal fat and protein. Therefore milk, among other things, should not be consumed.
I have already mentioned a specific detail I find interesting. All mammals, including herbivores, lactate and produce milk to feed their newborns. Milk is a nutrient-rich fluid from animal fat and protein. Survival of a newborn and consecutively survival of a whole species depends on it.
Blaming milk crosswise for all the possible correlated diseases is not appropriate. Milk is a nearly perfect food. Nature-perfected through centuries of evolution and natural selection.
Nature would not tolerate such faults as getting contaminated with deadly viruses and bacteria. There must be something we are missing.
For example — if we damage food and nutrients with heating, we produce some fairly indigestible waste, which becomes a call for bacteria to appear.
There was some ‘reasoning’ in the mentioned article:
“If you stop to think about it, there is no animal in the world that drinks the milk of another species.”
I agree, although there are known cases of interspecies breastfeeding.
But if you stop to think about it, there is also no other animal that burns the food to consume its damaged and toxic nutrients. And we do it anyway.
I do not advocate against vegetarianism or any other belief. I just stated some facts from research on milk that is easy to find. Eating healthy food is your right and choice.
However, it is also your responsibility to do due diligence and verify the facts presented.
I always advise one to find and check the sources from all sides and then to decide. After all, the ultimate decision is yours. Always! You must turn on your critical thinking skills and use your BullShit detector.
No animal in the world
I later reflected on the ‘no animal in the world drinks the milk of another species’ a lot. It does sound weird. Although it is not entirely true, I can provide some facts to make this a little less weird:
- Consider that we as a (probably the only) species are prone to sabotaging our health and bodies all the time.
- We are also probably the only species to be obsessed with our health and longevity.
- Milk is one of the best foods to promote the growth and generation of living tissue. Consuming it for regeneration and regrowth does make some sense.
- Consuming cow, goat, or milk from other species is (for adults) easier to come by and imaginably more appropriate than drinking human milk.
Remember — it’s easy to know something. But the point is to understand. Even when disagreeing with the perspective of another person, we can take something valuable out of it.
Thank you for your time and any thoughts you might want to share.
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