The dairy industry is a food business, and a very powerful one at that. We don’t question milk as being ‘unhealthy’ because they’ve done such a good job at marketing to us that milk is essential to being healthy.
Here’s a great eye opener on how ‘healthy’ milk really is, how many people are actually lactose intolerant and how you can get calcium in MANY different ways. Milk is a great source of Calcium because Lactose actually helps your body absorb it better. To say this is the best source of calcium is wrong. Animal fat and animal protein are actually causes of arthritis and joint pain. In fact, “In cultures where people eat very small quantities of animal fat and animal protein, there is a much lower incidence of all kinds of arthritis.” Abolish the idea that milk is essential to health. Over breeding cows and excess milking not only damages the milk we consume, the animal and also our environment. Plus, cows are actually one of the main reasons (1/3 of the reason) behind the Global Warming epidemic.
Not sure where to go from here? I urge you to use less milk products. Unsweetened almond, soy and rice milks are an excellent alternative to cow’s milk.
Leafy greens, seafood, legumes, and fruit also contain calcium as do many foods and drinks are fortified with the mineral. Also, if you aren’t consuming enough Vitamin C with Calcium, it also won’t get absorbed as well, as they both play a huge role in bone health.
For even more plant-based dairy sources, see below: