Hey Love Bees! 🐝
Every time I go to the store, I swear the plant-based milk section has grown! There’s now more cruelty-free options available than ever before, and with demand for these products increasing, there’s never been a better time to ditch the dairy in favour of these delicious and healthy alternatives! 💚
In my upcoming posts, I’ll be taking a look at some of the most popular plant-milks out there, as well as discussing the heart-wrenching animal cruelty that’s involved in dairy milk production.
Today though, let’s consider some of the health risks that dairy consumption poses.
Six Shocking Reasons Why You Should Ditch the Dairy Milk Today!
Milk is Loaded with Saturated Fat, Cholesterol, Sugar and Animal Protein.
Dairy milk is a high-fat fluid, that’s been created to grow a tiny calf into a 400lb cow, over the space of around 4 months! Because of this, dairy consumption can lead to rapid weight gain and obesity in humans.
Around half of the calories in cows milk are derived from fat and surprisingly, even low-fat varieties still often contain around 35% fat! Unfortunately, the labelling on milk can be very misleading, as the fat percentage given is based on the milk’s overall weight (which includes its water weight), instead of its total calorie content.
Most of the fat found in dairy milk is also saturated fat, which has been shown to increase insulin resistance and raise blood cholesterol levels. Not only this, but both of these symptoms are strongly associated with the development of some of our biggest killers – including heart disease, diabetes and strokes! 
Dairy milk is packed with lots of animal protein as well, which (unlike plant protein) can be extremely harmful to our health. Higher consumption of animal protein has been associated with an increased risk of developing cancer, and multiple studies have demonstrated that cancer cell growth can be switched on and off, by administering and restricting doses of casein (the main protein that’s found in milk). 
Even Organic Milk is Packed Full of Hormones, Which can be Carcinogenic!
You may be surprised to learn that even the ‘purest’ cows milk contains over 60 different naturally occurring hormones.
One of these hormones is insulin-like growth factor 1 (IGF-1) which stimulates cell growth (of both normal and cancerous cells). People who consume more dairy products have been found to have higher levels of IGF-1 in their blood and unfortunately, this is associated with an increased risk of prostate cancer, breast cancer, lung cancer and colorectal cancers. 
The steroid hormone oestrogen is also found in dairy milk, and consuming more dairy products has been shown to increase the amount of circulating oestrogens in the blood. This can lead to an elevated risk of developing testicular, prostate and breast cancers.  These naturally occurring sex steroid hormones can also play a significant role in the development of severe acne. 
Milk Consumption Doesn’t = Strong Bones!
Despite the rampant propaganda that most of us have been sold, higher dairy milk consumption is actually not associated with a decreased rate of bone fracture! In fact, a twelve-year study showed that women who consumed the most dairy milk actually had double the amount of hip fractures, compared to those who ate very few dairy products or none. 
Dairy Milk Contains Addictive Opiates, Including Morphine!
If you’re having trouble quitting dairy products, then it may be that you’re addicted! I’m not joking – milk actually contains small amounts of codeine and morphine, which are produced naturally inside the cow’s body!
Not only this but milk also contains a protein called casein, which when digested, breaks apart, releasing a whole host of opiates called casomorphins.
Casomorphins can be particularly harmful when consumed by lactating mothers as research suggests that these substances may suppress the respiratory centre in the nursing infant’s brain stem, and be linked to Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (cot death).  They may also cause infant colic, and it’s been suggested that opiates from casein may also play a role in the development of postpartum psychosis. 
These opiates are even more concentrated in skimmed milk and cheese, which could explain why some people have a such hard time giving up cheese when switching to a plant-based diet! (I promise you though, it can be done!)
Consuming Lactose Beyond Infancy isn’t what Nature Intended!
In adult humans, lactose intolerance is actually the biological norm! In more people than not, it develops naturally during infancy when our mother’s breast milk is no longer required. When this occurs our bodies stop producing sufficient amounts of an enzyme called lactase, which is used to digest lactose (a sugar that’s found in milk).
Many people, however, (particularly those of caucasian descent) have developed the ability to keep producing lactase into adulthood. This means that they’re able to consume milk beyond infancy, without experiencing any discomfort.
For those of us who do suffer from lactose intolerance (which can occur at any time in life) the unpleasant symptoms include abdominal cramps, bloating, diarrhoea, flatulence and nausea.
The Dairy Industry Commits Acts of Unimaginable Animal Cruelty.
The continuous cycle of sexual, psychological and physical abuse that dairy cows endure throughout their lives is truly horrific, and this is something that I’ll be looking at in more depth in my next post.
Have you switched to plant milks yet, or are you thinking about it? I’d love to know your thoughts! xx
* The only exception is for those eating an entirely fruit-based diet, as fruit contains relatively little protein.