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10 Reasons to Never Feed Your Kids Dairy Again

Milk is turning out to be one of the great foibles of my childhood. I grew up believing there were few foods so wholly nutritiously redeemable as milk. I never even questioned the concept of dairy being necessary or not. It was. The commercials had told me so. My cafeteria gave it to me every day to give me strong bones. And, milk came from one source: cows. Dairy was (and still is!) a food group!

Way back when, the thought of something like soy or almond milk just rang out as completely unnatural. Don’t I feel the fool now! Look, if you’ve not abandoned dairy yet, it’s time to do so, and even more so, it’s time to get dairy away from the kids as well. Despite USDA recommendations, here are ten reasons your kids probably shouldn’t be consuming dairy:

1. It’s Sort of Weird

It sounds a bit judgmental. But, isn’t drinking milk just about one of the oddest things we do as humans? Lots of animals eat other animals. Lots of animals eat fruit and vegetables. What other animals nurse from a species other than their own? What other animal consumes milk so late in life? Imagine a cow breastfeeding with a ten-year-old human. Now, that’s unnatural!

2. It’s Abusive to Animals

I grant you it’s a difficult debate, but if you’ve ever milked something yourself or seen the machines suck udders dry, you know this isn’t how things are supposed to work. The cows (or goats) may not die from it, but they are forced into suspended, bloated states of lactating. Their milk is taken from them by people instead of their offspring, the rightful beneficiaries, which were ripped away from their mother shortly after birth so she could live a life hooked up to a machine being drained of her own and her child’s life source. Not cool.

3. It Often Promotes Factory-Farmed Environments

Whatever you think about animals’ rights, there is no doubt that the factory farms, where most milk comes from, are a detriment to the environment. The very dairy erroneously given to kids to be healthy is playing a big role in destroying the world they are supposed to live in.

4. Kids Don’t Need Dairy Calcium

Dairy isn’t the only thing that has calcium. In fact, lots of things have lots more. We’ve just spent the majority of our lives being led astray, victims of government subsidy support (school lunches!) and clever ad campaigns. Get calcium from healthier sources elsewhere.

5. It’s Full of Casein

In fact, while we were staring in awe at the off-the-charts calcium intake, we were being distracted by the realities of the other things dairy had. Case in point: Casein, the addictive protein found in dairy. It can be allergenic, and it’s really not good for us. The only way to kick it is cold turkey.

6. It’s Not At All Natural

Maybe you didn’t like the “unnatural” point I made earlier. Well, how about the fact that dairy contains all kinds of crazy stuff like herbicides, fungicides, pesticides, preservatives, additives, and just plain old pus. Gross. Who wants to give their children that junk?

7. They May Be Intolerant to It

Over half the world’s human population is lactose intolerant. How meant for dairy are we? Even so, the industry has created lactose-free versions and medication to make it possible for intolerant people to keep consuming it. Why? Doesn’t that intolerance signify something is off?

8. It Can Be Full of GMOs

What do many cows eat? GMO grown crops. So, if my logic class was correct in college: If we are what we eat, then cows are what they eat, so if cows eat GMO crops, then they are full of GMO gunk, which undoubtedly comes out as GMO dairy. Do you want genetically modified children?

9. It Can Promote Disease

Dairy is linked to all sorts of horrendous ailments, including animal-based dietary mainstays such as  cancerdiabetesautism and schizophrenia, as well as many autoimmune disorders, including Multiple Sclerosis.

10. They Usually Don’t Even Want It

Most kids don’t want to drink milk anyway, so parents are actually force-feeding children something that isn’t healthy. Why not save that energy for foods — vegetables, people! organic vegetables! — with true health benefits? Worried about calcium?

Seriously, dairy is a bit scary. Do you let the kids watch scary movies? Maybe that warm glass of milk before bedtime should be of the coconut variety. Then, you could sleep a little more soundly as well.

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

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535 comments on “10 Reasons to Never Feed Your Kids Dairy Again”

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22 Days ago

Coming from a dairy farm, I find your article to be a bit offensive. I milk 80 cows twice a day and I can tell you we do NOT tie them up and suck them dry. They are all treated with kindness and love. If cows are not milked out they can get mastitis and in turn can lose a quarter or even their whole bag. So we actually are helping them stay healthy. At our farm we feed the calves with milk from the mothers, so the calves are not "stripped of their mothers milk". Animal cruelty is far from the truth as you can go. As for diseases, a piece of broccoli can be liked to cancer in some way shape or form. Your article is a slap in the face to dairy farmers world wide. We bust our asses daily to put food on your table every night. Maybe instead of bashing what we do you should thank us.
Extremely Pissed off Dairy farmer.

Nutritional Science Student
4 Months Ago

This article is extremely faulty. There are no citations or studies to prove any of these claims, and many of these statements are absolutely absurd! "Do you want genetically modified children?" That\'s not how it works. In fact, there are very few (if any) studies that have proven GMO\'s have any negative effect on human health. And if you are worried about GMO\'s you better cut the common banana out of your diet as well, because that is also a GMO, along with a surprising majority of other products you consume on a daily basis. I am extremely disappointed as a student striving to be a dietician to see articles like this. Please inform yourself using a credible source as this article is not reliable.

A Round
4 Months Ago

It says at the end: "This content provided above is for informational purposes only and is not a substitute for medical advice, diagnosis or treatment." I would change that a little to read: This content provided above is for informational purposes only and IS NOT A SUBSTITUTE FOR COMMON SENSE.

4 Months Ago

It is very weird and gross. The more I learn about government subsidies the madder I get. Also, if dairy is so good for us why does it have so many additives to make it \'healthy\' and so many things removed to make it digestible?

4 Months Ago

Im vegan but am always lookijg for balanced debate. What does anyone think about these findings? http://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/273451.php

Hash Brown
7 Months Ago

Karen Brown you should read this

Jodi Sarah Russell
7 Months Ago

Mel Russell Kerri-Anne Hall Janet Davies Lloyd David Yvette Wadsworth

Bradley Cahill
7 Months Ago

Not good enough reason to give up my delicious cheese build a better argument and get back to me

30 Mar 2015

How can "taking baby cows away from their mother" not be a good enough argument? Do you really want to inflict something so awful on a young baby animal and it\'s mother, just so you can eat some cheese, when there is so much other food in the world that you can choose from?

Steven John Styles
7 Months Ago

same as butter and cheese is good for you

Steven John Styles
7 Months Ago

milk is good for you .its full of calcium .


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