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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.

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

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Rose S.
3 Days ago

I love to read articles about ways to go green and alternative consumption but this article (and I assume many others) is so blatantly biased that it is unbelievable. If you are going to claim that dairy consumption causes osteoporosis, you\'d better be ready to explain because people come here for a quick read and it is unfair to throw huge statements like that without explanation. These sites should be to further understanding, not scare people or guide them to your lifestyle through misinformation.

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K. Schmidt
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Good arguments on both sides. But what guides most decisions in today\'s environment of mass markets? Right, it\'s the cost per unit. Now, how much labor (and cost per unit -- let\'s say, per quart) goes into producing cow\'s milk versus producing soy or rice milk? Yet the soy or rice milk retails for more than cow\'s milk. So, who is it exactly that would be interested in replacing the milk market, milk being a whoppingly cost- and labor-intensive product, when they can feed us sheeple for half the cost but twice the price? And sorry, these man-made products are not superior to a properly produced natural one, because we haven\'t got a clue which unknown micronutrients and other factors (e.g. disease-fighting leukocytes) are missing in the soy soup, factors that have evolved over millenia to be compatible with our bodies. I suggest the current high level of food intolerance, esp. wheat and milk, is due to new processes or even purposeful addition of harmful substances to our food and our vaccines to force us to buy the artificial products. The VEGAN movement was created or kidnapped by some familiar chemical and food corporations, and they don\'t care one iota about your health because, guess what, they need you to die reasonably early. Wake up and inform yourself, decide, and then get out there and use the democratic process to cut these villains off.

Brad Williams
3 Years Ago

This is pure "spin", and worse, it\'s just a bunch of lousy internet memes intended to stir people up to a singular point of view.

#1 - Did you know that consumption of plain water has also been linked to numerous health problems?
See the Material Data Safety Sheet on Dihydrogen Monoxide - http://www.dhmo.org/facts.html
It\'s supposed to be funny, but it\'s very true and illustrates how anything can be spun to reflect a specific point of view.

#8 - Just plain wrong. There are several species that do indeed consume the milk of other species. Ants are one example, as they actually tend and care for aphids which they milk for their nectar.

I had planned to sit here and debunk each meme one by one but it looks like it\'s already been done and I can\'t be bothered to mess with such foolishness.

3 Years Ago

I do not consume any dairy products but I like to give readers the real facts.

Science does not yet have the answers on how safe either dairy or soy are to consume daily.

Milk consumption has dropped 30% since 1975 and obesity rates are through the roof in the same period, which proves nothing.

Humans are not the only species that drink the milk of another species but what if they were, it proves nothing. Humans are likely the most intelligent and maybe they know something others do not...

I think I am wise not to consume dairy products till science can prove they are healthy but that is just my opinion!!!!

13 Apr 2015

My parents, one has osteoporosis and the other diabetes due to huge amounts of drinking milk and eating meat. After all milk is linked to all sorts of diseases and it doesn\'t take a genius to see that it clearly contains fecal matter, steroids, antibiotics, hormones and remains of shelter animals who were euthanized grounded up and fed to the cows, canibalilsm all the way. Do your research wise Richard.

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