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Apparently, this is the very first time I write something scientific. The topic about milk controversy had been my concern since I was in the 10th grade. Now I’m not really thinking about it anymore, though. Somehow, this scientific writing was written when there was a task at English class in my first university year. And did you know, this writing was a failure :D. Instead of throwing it away, I prefer to post it here, that may be it gives some valuable information you have never knew before. Enjoy and munch it!
Milk has been believed to be good for the bones because it offers a rich source of calcium ––a mineral essential for healthy bones and teeth. Especially the Cow’s milk, that has been said to be fortified with vitamin D, which is also believed to benefit bone health. The ultimate contention is that Calcium and vitamin D help prevent osteoporosis. The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has even released guidelines for 2015 to 2020 suggesting that Americans should consume “Fat-free or low-fat dairy, including milk, yoghurt, cheese, and/or fortified soy beverages.” with the minimum standard of three cups of consumption daily. Whereas, milk is not appopriate for human and it may even cause detrimental diseases.
We seem to be the only species of mammals that drink milk after infancy, and definitely the only species that drinks another species’ milk. Cow’s milk is not designed for human consumption. Calves are about 100 pounds at birth and almost 8 to 10 times heavier by the time they are weaned. So why is it that humans feel the need to continue drinking milk after they are weaned from breast milk? Human milk is very different in composition from cow’s milk or goat’s milk or any other mammal’s milk.
Milk has become a cultural phenomenon. Celebrities with the white milk mustache in the Got Milk? ads sensationalize this beverage. Many recent scientific studies are now showing a variety of detrimental effects that are directly linked to milk consumption. Undoubtedly, the biggest irony is that milk is thought to increase calcium loss from our bones. How? When humans consume any type of animal-derived, protein-rich foods, including milk, the pH in our bodies become acidified, and this sets off a biological reaction. Calcium actually neutralizes acid in our body, and most of the calcium is stored in our bones. When acidified animal protein is ingested, the calcium from our bones is drawn out to neutralize the effects of the toxic animal protein. After the calcium does its job cleaning up the mess, it is then excreted through the kidneys via urine, thus leading to a calcium deficit. This theory is supported by a gastrointentine expert, dr. Hiromi Shinya, MD, who had been examinizing over 300,000 human intestines throughout Japan and America.
Pasteurization and homogenization of milk denatures the proteins which can make it harder for people’s bodies to digest. In addition, the pasteurization process destroys a majority of enzymes and vitamins and minerals. These crucial enzymes aid in the digestion process. About 75% of the world’s population is actually lactose intolerant. Though that is an astounding percentage, it only further proves the point that humans are not intended to consume cow’s milk
Despite this and other controversies regarding health consequences, dairy consumption has steadily climbed since 1980 in the United States. Half of all dairy consumption (per capita consumption currently exceeds 584 pounds per year) comes in the form of cheese, a super-concentrated form of health compromising saturated fat and salt.
However, there are still many experts supporting milk to be consumed, such as Alex Caspero, MA, RD, Susan Duncan, Ph. D, RD, and Andy Bellatti, MS, RD. Bellatti mentioned, “Every nutrient in milk can be found in whole plant foods.”
As a win-win solution, there are other foods and beverages which can substitute milk. Consider such as almond, soy, rice, coconut and hemp milks. When using soy milk, make sure it is non-GMO. Also avoid artificially sweetened milk substitutes as they are not healthy for the body and can lead to a number of medical issues down the road, including obesity and diabetes and heart disease.
Milk’s role in human’s life is still controversial. But we have to open our mind that not every milk is healthy for our body, since researchers have pointed it out.