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Aside from hearing that cow’s milk helps bones grow strong, what else do you “know” about it? In the USA, we grow up hearing all about the benefits of dairy milk. We are told we need to drink it to be healthy. But, do we really? Are there any cold, hard facts about milk that contradict this health claim? There certainly are! Here are ten fascinating facts about cow’s milk.

1. Dairy has been linked to a host of health problems!

10 Fascinating Facts About Cow's MilkPCRM/Wikimedia/Wikimedia

2. High dairy consumption means a higher rate of osteoporosis.

10 Fascinating Facts About Cow's MilkThe Journal of Nutrition/elizalO/Flickr

3. Despite the happy imagery we often see of cows in the grass, dairy farms pollute the Earth.

10 Fascinating Facts About Cow's MilkFAO/Wikipedia

4. “Dairy Farms?” Or maybe we can call them slaughter houses?

10 Fascinating Facts About Cow's MilkUSDA/Wikimedia Commons

5. The amount of lactose intolerant people is more numerous than you think!

10 Fascinating Facts About Cow's MilkPCRM/Wikimedia Commons

6. Sorry cows – soybeans are far superior to your milk. 

10 Fascinating Facts About Cow's MilkHarvard/Wikimedia Commons

7. Got plants?

10 Fascinating Facts About Cow's MilkOne Green Planet/Wikimedia Commons

8. It’s strange when you really stop to think about it, right?

10 Fascinating Facts About Cow's MilkOne Green Planet/Chris Booth/ Flickr

9. Would you like some pus with that glass of milk? 

10 Fascinating Facts About Cow's MilkHeise Health Clinic/Wikimedia Commons

10. Movin’ on over to the green side!  

10 Fascinating Facts About Cow's MilkWall Street Journal/Wikimedia Commons

 Now that you’ve read the facts, click here for dozens of brands of plant-based milks and hundreds of options to choose from. You’re bound to find one to meet your individual tastes and nutritional needs! Then, check out these fantastic nut milk recipes.

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

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482 comments on “10 Fascinating Facts About Cow’s Milk”

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Lynne Hague
2 Days ago

I support many of your articles especially about dairy free except I find it highly hypocritical having just read the 10 facts about milk to have monster Pizza hut ads with pizzas covered in cheese right in my face both on the left and right side!! If your site supports GREEN, then please be exclusive to ads which support your content.


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Nicole Tanner
3 Days ago

Okay, so 7 isn\'t a fact about cow\'s milk, and I believe (in reference to 8) that there are a few seabirds that will drink the milk of seals.
Not that I consume dairy, but it would be good if this article hadn\'t made these errors.


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zoi
5 Days ago

Again, what this article is describing is milk from large scale dariy enterprise. They fail to mention the fact that the dairy industry pumps these cows full of hormones and antibiotics and chemicals that cause such things as lactose intolerance, cancer, and a host of other disorders. Milk, from a cow raised organically, is extremely healthy. Also they whol thing about soy is bogus. If you completely ignore the fact that soy is the second largest GMO crop in the world (which means you probably don\'t want to eat it to begin with), the body regesters soy is being similar to estrogen which can cause a lot of hormonal problems. especially in children, men and post-menoposal women.


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zoi
5 Days ago

Again, what this article is describing is milk from large scale dariy enterprise. They fail to mention the fact that the dairy industry pumps these cows full of hormones and antibiotics and chemicals that cause such things as lactose intolerance, cancer, and a host of other disorders. Milk, from a cow raised organically, is extremely healthy. Also they whol thing about soy is bogus. If you completely ignore the fact that soy is the second largest GMO crop in the world (which means you probably don\'t want to eat it to begin with), the body regesters soy is being similar to estrogen which can cause a lot of hormonal problems. especially in children, men and post-menoposal women.


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Ann Lynette Mayo
6 Days ago

It's to sad to imagine. Mother cows love their babies, they lick & nurture them, then after a few days they babies are taken away, put in isolation to be fattened up for veal. PLEASE THINK WHEN YOU EAT VEAL? I think its Italian foods & German food that uses a lot of it. GIVE IT UP, STOP THIS BABY TORTURE. The mother's cry like human mothers when their babies are taken, it really make me cry to see this.


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Catherine Campbell
6 Days ago

This is totally irresponsible and without any scientific merit! Citations from Wikimedia and Flikr! Honestly! If you don't want to drink milk, don't drink milk, but don't make up all this crap to scare people!


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Nicole Tanner
26 Oct 2014

Those citations are just for the pictures, not for the information.

Lynne Hague
28 Oct 2014

For anyone who has had breast cancer, I advise you to read "Your Life in Your Hands" by Professor Jane Plant (who has been through it all) her world wide best selling book has all the facts, figures and stats about dairy and the nasties it contains. We are brought up in a brainwashed society. Dairy is bad for you in more ways than one. Of course they are not going to campaign that since dairy is part of the western cutture and a massive money spinner! The facts are out there. www.janeplant.com

Christopher Hedding
6 Days ago

Oh please I was healthier on raw unpasteurized cows milk than I am now


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Avril Richer
7 Days ago

Or bookmarked for death?.....


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Monty Newhook
7 Days ago

I gave up Dairy (Replaced with Almond/CocoNut/Soy Milks) and Aches have disAppeared.


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Christina M. Bornefeld
7 Days ago

Excuse me but I call bull. My entire family makes it mandatory to drink milk since it IS healthy for you and guess what, we are as strong as oxen, none of us have broken any bones, and are healthy until the day we die. Maybe we're the exception but I'm guessing not. At least 4 generations can't be THAT lucky. It could all depend on genes too. Guess I'm just blessed. I'll keep drinking my cow's milk, thanks. Unfollowing.


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