Milk Can Cause Osteoporosis and It’s Not Good for Our Bones – Here is Why!
Milk Can Cause Osteoporosis and It’s Not Good for Our Bones.
Do you like to drink nice cold glass of cow’s milk? Maybe when you are eating a box of cereals for breakfast, or when you taste delicious dessert? We’ve all heard about the benefits of milk, especially for growing children. They say it builds strong bones and it does nothing but good things. The ‘Got Milk’ TV campaign launched in 1993 aimed to get the consumer to drink more milk. That was in a time when milk sales were rapidly dropping. We saw the popular milk mustache on celebrities and athletes, smiling and gulping away and promising strong bones and teeth.
On grocery lists, milk is everywhere a must-buy item, but what is it really doing to our bones?
The cow’s milk sitting on the grocery store shelves is pasteurized. Pasteurization is actually a process that applies heat to destroy pathogens in food. The goal is to kill disease-carrying germs and to prevent milk from going sour too early. Every particle of the fluid during this process is heated to a required temperature and then rapidly cooled.
Here’s the problem: pasteurization also kills off the good bacteria (probiotics), and at the end destroys some of the nutritious value and content in milk. For example, that’s iodine and the vitamin C. It also destroys the enzymes in milk. These lost enzymes make it even harder on our body to get phosphorus and calcium out of the cow’s milk. Countries with the highest rate of dairy consumption, (countries in the European Union and USA of course) also have the highest rate of osteoporosis. All these years there were advices that drinking a lot of milk will ensure that our bones stay always healthy and strong. But the recent studies show exactly the opposite to be true.
Whether it is whole milk, 1%, 2% or skim, milk goes through the same process of pasteurization before finding place on the shelves in grocery store. If you have peaceful and lovely image in your head of healthy and clean cows grazing in a green pasture all day and sometimes taking the time to produce the milk you use for your cereal in the morning, reading on might burst your bubble.
The cows used to generate the gallons or cartons of milk in the grocery shops are not natural cows.
They are being pumped with a growth hormone rBGH. It is artificial and genetically engineered hormone “introduced” into dairy cows in order to make them produce more milk. The use of this hormone is not permitted in Australia, Japan, Canada or the European Union due to animal and human health concerns. Unfortunately people use is widely in the U.S. to increase milk production by 10 – 15%.
The milk produced from these cows can contain as many as 20 antibiotics, painkillers and growth hormones in one single glass of milk. Some studies have connected this to cancer and excessive tumor growth. The cows are typically prone to disease and fragile. Their milk actually contains large amounts of pus. This is where the pasteurization process comes in. The milk goes through a rapid heating process that doesn’t produce a guarantee of cleanliness. In fact, in recent years, multiple salmonella outbreaks have happened from pasteurized milk — milk that’s we think is clean.
Once milk goes through the pasteurization process, it becomes an acidic food.
It loses the natural health-giving electrons which is a problem. In order to maintain homeostasis our body must maintain a particular pH level. The more refined and processed food we eat, the more acidic our bodies become. Like that, it creates a constant need to find ways to keep the pH level in check. This is done by leaching alkaline minerals (magnesium and calcium) from other places in the body — including the bones. Over time, this permanent process can cause bones to become frail, weak and riddled with osteoporosis. Tumors also thrive in an acidic environment. The more acidic foods we eat and the more milk we drink, the more we are destroying our bones.
Well, next time you go to the grocery store, you may want to consider buying healthier alternatives for milk. Almond Milk?