World milk day was June 1st and given the dairy industry’s efforts, it would seem that very few people are bothered about milk-themed festivities. What is there to celebrate? It is bad for our health, for cows, and for the environment.
Got Milk? I sure hope not; sure it makes a good addition to coffee, tea, and baked goods, but when pasteurized, it is highly toxic to the human body. Physicians such as Dr. Willet have conducted studies and reviewed the research on the topic, milk is more of a detriment to the human body than an aid.
Historically cow’s milk has enjoyed outstanding public relations, cleverly associating itself with athletes, strong bones and white-mustachioed celebrities. But if we were not socialized into thinking that drinking dairy milk was desirable and acceptable, chances are we would find it a pretty absurd notion.
Cow’s milk was created to turn baby cows into full-sized cows, but it has been sold to humans as a health food. How does this even make any sense at all? At school, all children learn that milk=calcium-healthy bones. But the food pyramid that we all learned from is highly politicized, backed by large groups with a vested interest. This, of course, includes the dairy industry.
If the information given to us has been less biased, it would be common knowledge that foods like leafy greens, legumes, and fruits have just as much, if not more calcium than dairy. The calcium in greens is absorbed much more easily by our bodies. Thus, people would benefit more from eating broccoli or kale than drinking a big glass of milk.
And considering the fact that approximately ¾ of the world’s population is unable to digest milk or any other dairy product, it seems clear that the food is not an ideal substance for consumption. However, the average consumer does not know this, we have celebrity endorsements being thrown in our faces and absurd advertisements. We have been taught to believe that dairy is ideal for optimal health, but the truth is; Not your mother, not your milk.