Milk is central to our development — it is universally accepted and understood that a mother’s milk is unequivocally what nature has planned for the growth of babies across all species. Not only does it provide essential nourishment, but by drinking it, a baby also shares its mothers immune system and gets the right balance of fats, proteins, vitamins, hormones, and enzymes for development.

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Want Milk? Is Cow’s Milk Meant For Human Consumption? (Part 1)

Milk is central to our development; it is universally accepted and understood that a mother’s milk is unequivocally what nature has planned for the growth of babies across all species. Not only does it provide essential nourishment, but by drinking it, a baby also shares its mothers immune system and gets the right balance of fats, proteins, vitamins, hormones, and enzymes for development.

After a human mother has finished nursing her baby, something odd happens — a cow takes over! This makes us the only mammal on earth that is never really ever weaned. No species on the planet consumes milk in their adulthood, or as a matter of fact, consumes the milk of another species, except humans!

In fact, most people believe that their health will be jeopardized if they don’t consume dairy products. Cows milk is often described as nature’s most wholesome food. Our “nutritional education” in schools (funded in part by the dairy industry) teaches us that dairy products form one of the main food groups we all need for proper nutrition. And with the most powerful Congressional leaders in Washington receiving campaign contributions from the National Dairy Council, we can be assured that dairy products will continue to be advertised as food that is “necessary” for good health.

Humans weren’t designed with an odd gene flaw requiring us to drink the milk of other animals to grow, because every species has endemic traits that only apply to their specific type.

Cow’s milk contains most of the same components as human breast milk, however, these components are not in the same amounts. For example, humans have the most advanced brains of all species on earth, therefore human breast milk has evolved into having high levels of PUFAs or polyunsaturated fatty acids (especially linoleic acid) which is responsible for the rapid brain development.

Cow’s milk, on the other hand, contains significantly lower amounts of PUFAs, but higher levels of saturated fats, which contribute to rapid body building. Therefore it should come as no surprise that cow’s milk has double the amount of protein than human milk because cows double their size in 45 days, while humans take 180 days for the same growth.

In addition to the difference in the amount of protein in cow’s milk when compared to human milk, there are also major differences in the composition of this protein. There are two important proteins in milk; Casein and Whey. Cow’s milk has twenty times more casein, which puts a huge pressure on human digestion as it coagulates and forms dense curds that are adapted for the four tiered stomach digestive apparatus of a cow. Human milk, on the other hand, is made up of sixty to eighty percent more whey than casein which is easier to digest for our stomachs.

These are some very logical, factual and scientific reasons why a cow has a brain weight three times as small as ours and a body weight seven times as heavy. The bottom line is, cow’s milk is meant for calves to grow and not humans. We are really not meant to be drinking cow’s milk, at least not in the quantities that we do and especially not into adulthood. To make matters worse, human milk is getting more and more contaminated by pesticides due to the meat and dairy that makes up a mother’s diet.

If for whatever reason, you WANT to consume cow’s milk, you should know that after pasteurization and homogenization, most nutrients and benefits of milk are destroyed, not to mention, the toxins added do more harm than good. Therefore, the only type of cow’s milk that may be safe for human consumption is RAW cow milk from grass fed cows (if consumed in minimal quantities).

However, if you are finally ready to be weaned, but are still concerned about getting adequate nutrition, you will be pleased to learn that there are some delicious plant – based alternatives such as hemp, almond and/or coconut milk that have all the calcium you will need. Almonds, spinach, chard, collards, broccoli, sesame seeds, sprouted sunflower seeds, etc. are also great sources of calcium. For example, 4 tablespoons of tahini (sesame paste) have the same amount of calcium as an entire cup of cows milk!

Contrary to popular belief, drinking cow’s milk is not only unnecessary for humans, but is also getting increasingly unhealthy and nutrition-less due to modern farming methods. There is enough evidence to prove that nearly all cows (unless raised by you or a farm you know well) are full of toxins, such as pesticides, antibiotics, bacteria and hormones. In addition, calcium from cow’s milk is not as valuable as it is widely popularized to be. This and other dangers of cow’s milk will be addressed in detail in the next installment of our “Want Milk?” series. Stay Tuned!

This content provided above is for informational purposes only and is not a substitute for medical advice, diagnosis or treatment.

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7 comments on “Want Milk? Is Cow’s Milk Meant For Human Consumption? (Part 1)”

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Matthew Crockett
2 Months Ago

Being vegan is a philosophy, not a matter of science. The question of what the belief question the author falls on is underscored by the purposefully insulting use of words like "weaned". They clearly view people who consume animal products in contempt and down-play the fact that products like tofu are created in factories and as such just as potentially likely to have harmful additives.

The real solution to a lot of health problems is to consume more Real foods (both animal and vegetable) that aren\'t loaded down with toxic chemicals. Our ancestors did just fine without all of the modern health problems we have.


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Ter
11 Feb 2015

Just to be noted...our ancestors, depending on how far back you go, only lived to...on average..45, 50 years old? and finished their lives with rotting teeth and bones that couldn\'t support them.
Don\'t get me wrong, I am with you (eat real food, animal or not, with the less toxins as possible) and I don\'t believe that milk should be one of the four food groups mandatory for good health (!!) but humankind must be doing something right since our life expectancy is longer than our ancestors.

Jessica Soppet
5 Months Ago

I don\'t like milk and never have, but way to make me feel even more guilty about the fact that I was UNABLE to produce enough breast milk to feed my child. There are cases where it is, unfortunately, necessary for children to consume another animal\'s milk.


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vegancyclistUK
6 Months Ago

Whoever thought human consumption of cow\'s milk was a good idea?!


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Veganism Is The Future
2 Years Ago

Truth!


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Liberated_Mind
3 Years Ago

"The obvious fact remains that the great majority of humankind can drink, digest and benefit from cow milk. Game over!" You dumbass 75% of the worlds population is lactose intolerant. And the the ability to digest milk after being weaned drops DRAMATICALLY even for the minority that can process milk. Everything in this article is 100% accurate. Cow milk a vile substance for humans. Want evidence? Read the China Study. Consider the fact that the countries with higher dairy consumption have higher disease rates.


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Matthew Crockett
31 Jan 2015

You make it sound as if lactose intolerance was something naturally occurring and had been with us for thousands of years (the amount of time people have consumed milk and dairy). The reality is that the problem has grown in recent times and is worst in "developed" countries where you can have your food poisoned by mega-farmers. People in more "primitive" cultures use livestock but don\'t have our health problems. We should be looking at how to grow the percentage of the market that provides organic foods without driving up prices.

Pete
3 Years Ago

Reading this article I am drawn to the fact there is no mention of proof and no offering any scientific evidence at all. This is only an opinion piece. Everyone is entitled to their opinion, however without understanding or even acknowledging the fact that the scientific study of cow milk and human ingestion proves, time and time again the value of cow milk in assisting human immunity to chronic disease, lowering of cardiovascular disease risk factors and also the valuable contribution cow milk makes to acquiring essential nutrients. Feel free to search the libraries of any creditable health and research journal on such topics. This opinion piece cannot hold a flag to the presentation of global peer reviewd good scientific scrutiny and research on the numerous topics associated with cow milk. The obvious fact remains that the great majority of humankind can drink, digest and benefit from cow milk. Game over!


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Amber
3 Years Ago

I've read information similar to this in PCRM articles. Is soymilk good for you?


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nhosahj koor
3 Years Ago

So I guess the Veggie Farmers wrote this article.


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NYFarmer
4 Years Ago

@onegreenplanet Your article against milk is incredibly misinformed. So, do you want the farmers to leave the lands here in Upstate NY?


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seymour Eliot
27 Sep 2011

"But if human slave trade becomes illegal, what will happen of the poor slave marketers and owners? How will they live without a job?"



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