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

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SIck of this crap in the media
2 Months Ago

This must be one of the most ridiculous, unsubstantiated piece of crap I\'ve ever read. It\'s just why \'you\' don\'t feed \'your\' kids dairy, but the most terrible advice to press on other unsuspecting families and children.

Honest Joe
12 Jul 2014

Obviously you are out of touch with reality. The author of this article is 100% correct. Educate yourself first and then drink this poison if you still would like to, but please DO NOT serve it to your children.

2 Months Ago

scare mongering with ridiculous unverified claims about Autism, Schizophrenia and MS

09 Jul 2014

I quite agree with you, Mat & with "Sick of this crap in the media." People who assume to presume cause more health problems than they help!

3 Months Ago

EWWWWWW!!! It is so disgusting I gag at just the thought of someone consuming the puss riddled milk from a dirty smelly animal. Its funny how people are grossed out when someone says "I tasted the breastmilk" from a HUMAN but think its normal to drink the breast milk from a farm animal... what if your dog got pregnant? Why not get rid of the pups and latch on? So sick!
My son was intolerant from day one and thank GOD..

3 Months Ago

EWWWWWW!!! It is so disgusting I gag at just the thought of someone consuming the puss riddled milk from a dirty smelly animal. Its funny how people are grossed out when someone says "I tasted the breastmilk" from a HUMAN but think its normal to drink the breast milk from a farm animal... what if your dog got pregnant? Why not get rid of the pups and latch on? So sick!
My son was intolerant from day one and thank GOD..

Sarah Elizabeth
3 Months Ago

Because they aren't cows. End of story.

Cynthia Rae
3 Months Ago

I have been saying it's not normal to drink an animals milk for years. Why would we take milk from an animal and drink it? It's, like saying let's take milk from a female human being and putting it on grocery store shelves.

Susan Mary Amos
3 Months Ago

stop having the terrible cereals and you won't need the milk either. Yes usually you have to persuade children to drink it with putting chocolate/strawberry/banana flavouring. It is the cause of many allergies.

Gay Lawson
3 Months Ago

Children naturally do not want to harm animals they love them, it is thru what we have been taught that we teach our children. If they truly knew the violence behind their milk I'm sure they would choose not to drink it. I have a three year old grandson I have been explaining this to gently and he is choosing on his own to eat and drink compassionately. It is very hard to give up what you know and have been taught but when you are not harming others there is a peace that you feel within your self. It took me years before I decided to stop participating in this industry. I used every excuse I could come up with but nothing justifies murdering another being when we have other alternatives. This is not directed at one person on this threat just information that may help if you considering to make small changes.

Laura Vanhoy
3 Months Ago

being lactose intolerant, i stopped drinking milk, never realy liked it s a kid, hated chocolate milk because it never tasted like chocolate!! lol, but i still eat cheese, but drink almond milk......when i was a kid, my mom made the choices and she chose to give me lactaid, the milk with no lactose in it. :/ gross....but almond milk is better than i ever remember milk being. is gross...eggs are gross too, but theyre healthy

17 Jun 2014

Chicken periods. Think about that one...

Margaret Henrichsen
3 Months Ago

Education is one thing, but respect the people who choose to give their kids dairy. Personally, you need to come up with a better argument than "some kids don't even want it" to change my mind. That's not a valid argument, it's merely an opinion.

17 Jun 2014

That\'s why there were 9 other facts stated besides the \'kids don\'t even want it\' arguement.

07 Jul 2014

Yeah, Natasha, 2 of those 9 other "facts" were "It\'s sort of weird" and "It\'s not at all natural". Not really facts, just the writers personal opinions. Not to mention they didn\'t even bother to add proof to support their supposed facts.

Margaret is right, most of what is written in this article seems to be more of the personal opinion of the writer, rather than actual facts, and people who choose to give their kids dairy DO deserve the same amount of respect as people who choose not to.

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