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5 Ridiculous Myths About Cow’s Milk

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Despite its pure, innocent, and creamy exterior, milk has a much darker side and one that the dairy industry doesn’t want you finding out about.

Milk is much more than just a drink, it is a cultural phenomenon that can be traced back thousands of years, but despite all the research proving milk to be detrimental to both our own lives and the lives of the cows, the milk myths still ring loud and clear.

Myth 1 – You Need Cow’s Milk to Get Calcium

Like it or not, milk is not the best source of calcium.  It may be hard to believe but the calcium contained in cow’s milk is barely absorbable to the human body.

Thankfully, a milk-free diet won’t leave you deprived of calcium. The most calcium-rich foods on the planet comes from plants, especially leafy greens such as kale, spinach, and broccoli.

Myth 2 – Cow’s Milk Will Give You Strong Bones

Much along the same lines as we need cow’s milk to get calcium, we are also told that cow’s milk is how we get nice, strong, and healthy bones. Unfortunately, this couldn’t be further from the truth. In fact, this ridiculous myth is so dangerous that I can’t believe marketers are allowed to get away with it.

Research has proven that milk actually depletes calcium from our bones and increases fracture risk, which is why the countries with the highest rate of osteoporosis are the ones where people drink the most milk!

Myth 3 – Cow’s Milk Isn’t Cruel

No amount of cute celebrities sporting milk moustaches can hide from the ugly side of the dairy industry. Calves are taken away from their mothers within hours of being born where they are fed milk substitutes and often sold as veal calves after spending months chained at the neck unable to walk, stretch their legs, and even turn around.

Mother cows are also forced to endure needless suffering and cruelty. The stress caused by poor conditions on factory farms leads to lameness, disease, and reproductive problems rendering them useless at just 4-5 years old (their natural lifespan is 25 years) at which time they are sent to slaughter.

Myth 4 – Cows Need to be Milked

For some reason, the whole world is walking around under the illusion that cows need to be milked otherwise their udders will explode, in other words by milking them we are actually doing them a favor. This myth is a downright lie.

Cows only produce milk to feed their young. If they don’t have babies, they don’t make milk. Simple. To keep cows lactating, farmers impregnate them through artificial insemination once a year. This traumatic process is carried out by constraining cows in what is known by the industry as a “rape rack.”

Myth 5 – Cow’s Milk is for Humans

No one can dispute that cow’s milk is an excellent food source…for calves. This incredible food is essential to baby calves in their first few months of life, but once weaned they will never drink milk again, and that’s the same for every mammalian species on the planet. Which is why it makes no sense for us humans to be drinking it.

As if that’s not reason enough, cow’s milk contains an average of three times the amount of protein than human milk, contributing to a variety of illness and disease. That might be the incentive you need to help you ditch the dairy.

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315 comments on “5 Ridiculous Myths About Cow’s Milk”

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Pearl
10 Months Ago

Cow\'s milk doesn\'t deplete the calcium from our bones. Neutral source here: http://www.quickanddirtytips.com/health-fitness/trends-fads/is-milk-bad-for-your-bones?page=1


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Nadine Zimmer
11 Months Ago

THIS IS ALL CRAP!


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Nikki
18 Jun 2015

it\'s just the truth babe ;)

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1 Years Ago

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1 Years Ago

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Kristin
1 Years Ago

"This incredible food is essential to baby calves in their first few months of life, but once weaned they will never drink milk again, and that’s the same for every mammalian species on the planet." Biggest lie ever to be told by vegans. Many different mammals will and do drink cow\'s milk when its put in front of them. They problem here is that humans are the only mammals smart enough to find a way to farm said milk. Additionally, predatory mammals in the wild consume milk whenever their prey is lactating. And, even further, it\'s one of the first things they\'ll eat. We are also the only mammals in the word that farm our foods, are you saying that means that we should close all farms and begin scavenging as well? I\'d love to see a gluten-free hippie try to figure out how in the world they would ever get their Almond Milk if a farm wasn\'t providing it to them. You do more damage to the earth consuming Almond Milk than we do Cow\'s Milk.


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Anastasia
25 Jun 2015

I would like some info on how almond milk is more damaging to the earth than cow\'s milk. And also some info about which animals drink other species\' milk in nature. I would like to believe all of what you are saying but it doesn\'t make sense. AT ALL

Name
1 Years Ago

....and where exactly are your citations for this information? Increased protein =/= illness you dolt. I\'m all for not eating anything from a factory farm (and veganism/vegetarianism is not for me personally), but blind, opinionated articles like this are not helping the case.


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23 Apr 2015

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Please research before posting
1 Years Ago

Okay, 4 out of the 5 facts are probably true, but number 2 is just bullshit. Diary is one of the most researched foods we consume and it\'s consistently been PROVEN to improve bone mineralisation. What milk is bad for is increasing risk of heart disease, strokes and peripheral vascular disease. And milk doesn\'t \'acidfy\' the blood, WTF?!?!?, and even if it does, it\'s the kidneys that control blood pH which has nothing to do with bones or calcium.


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DG
13 Mar 2015

is he talking about Processed milk --OR-- REAL RAW MILK right from the farm --That\'s what I drink

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1 Years Ago

Cow\'s milk is for calves, thus humans shouldn\'t drink it? Bullshit. We should drink it if it suits us.

And "more protein = contributing to illness and disease"? Uncited, thus completely made up as far as I can tell.

Finally, CITATION NEEDED for basically everything in this article.

If you want to convince people to go vegan, shoddy articles like this are not going to do it.


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