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

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Anne Davies
23 Days ago

I agree with most of what this article is pointing at, what I miss though- in all this ambitious advocating for health- is a mention of how important breastfeeding is,especially in this context. Maybe the authors of this article think this is so obvious that it doesn´t need to be mentioned. But I very much think it should! Under point No.1 on your list ( which you call:"It´s sort of weird") when you mention that each mammal has its own specific milk created uniquely for ist own offspring- that is where I miss it. You should have pointed out that also formula milk for babies is nothing but "adapted" cow´s milk and that is carries risks for mother and child when giving this form of nutrition to human infants, which is inadequate to their specific needs and digestive system. Thank you!

Sherman Hedfield
23 Days ago

This is the most ridiculous article I have ever read.

Edith Heitmann-Tsacle
23 Days ago

Karma. What you sow, you will reap.

Nicola Ní Seighin
23 Days ago

I think humans should do whatever they want, providing it doesn't cause pain, distress or death to other beings. Consuming dairy does. It isn't needed by our bodies so get over yourselves.

09 Oct 2014

As a dairy farmer, I knew in fact milking a cow causes no pain whatsoever. It is actually a form of relief for the cow since her udder is full of milk, and milking her allows the pressure to go away.

Anna Nelson
23 Days ago

Goat milk is still from animal

Thomas Caron
23 Days ago

Like none of u grew up drinking milk for every meal... The world has so many other problems...lol

Ashle Bush
23 Days ago

Sharon Cowart

Fred Fiesta
23 Days ago

Fact milk is good for your bones ... another fact veal is tasty

Cris Dee
23 Days ago

To the author of this sham idiotic article. You are arguing a 1000% moot argument because humans have been drinking milk in some form or another for thousands of years! You are an ignorant moron. Go F yourself. What an imbecile and full of stupidity, fool you are! And I like milk with my coffee! Ever thought that many people on this Earth actually like the stuff!? T-W-A-T!!

Brittany Thomas
08 Oct 2014

Wow dude. Nothing can be 1000%, firstly. Secondly, you are a fucking rude ass. Why don\'t YOU go F yourself? Where do you get off saying any of that to another human being? Ever thought people in the world have diverse ideas?? You\'re fucking stupid.

Brittany Thomas
08 Oct 2014

On that note though, this article is not very thought out.

Zachary Grayson
23 Days ago

The people that write some of these articles are completely ridiculous. Many species cross nurse. Someone that doesn't know that obviously doesn't know animals or what is "natural". The only reason we can't drink milk is because we pasteurize it. If we weren't pasteurizing it, we probably wouldn't have our livestock in the conditions they are in, due to the fact that the milk is only contaminated with E. coli because of the horrid conditions. And don't tell us " it just isn't that good for us" if you can't even actually explain how it isn't. Fuck, I never know if I want to unlike you guys due to your ignorant bashing of stupid things (I get that this is a vegan based page but you sound like idiotic republican fear mongers) or continue liking you for recipes.


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