The common misconception is that drinking milk is good for your bones. Drinking skim milk is even worse since it is devoid of fat and enzymes necessary for proper calcium absorption. Bone disorders such as osteoarthritis demand increased calcium requirements. But with that, the calcium must be absorbed. The digestion of meat contributes to a phosphorous/calcium ratio in Americans four times greater than desirable. Too much phosphorous depletes calcium. The digestion of meat results in acids which must be neutralized by calcium and other alkaline minerals. So the calcium in your system is used for damage control, not bone health.
Sea vegetables, dried wheat grass, turnip greens, almonds, black and pinto beans, quinoa, kale, yogurt have more calcium per 3.5 ounce portion than milk.
Below is a chart comparing cow’s milk vs. plant based milk (nutrients based on 8 ounce serving)
Cow’s milk 8 g protein 30% calcium 20% Vitamin D
Soy milk 7 g protein 29% calcium 16% Vitamin D
Almond milk 1 g protein 20% calcium 25% Vitamin D
Hemp milk 4 g protein 10%* Calcium 25% Vitamin D
Coconut milk 1 g protein 10% Calcium 30% Vitamin D
*30% Calcium if fortified
Milk comes with extra bonuses, like manure and pus.
Before you freak out because plant based milks have less protein, this is not the only thing you are ingesting! Americans get more than enough protein, studies show we are over nourished as opposed to under nourished. I find that almond milk (no sugars) is best with oatmeal and coconut milk is best when cooking and baking. A much better fullness and taste than cow’s milk. And there is nothing better than chocolate (no sugars) soy milk with a hot cup of coffee!
Vitamin D comes from sunshine (get outside), eat dark leafy greens (including cereal grasses and/or micro algae), exercise regularly and if dairy is used, eat yogurt, cottage cheese (the fermented kinds).
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If you are one to believe in karma, it is interesting to note that butchering animals (specifically in the brutal and inhumane manner that is done in factory farming) results in us dying untimely deaths.
Instead of getting the honest, even if it’s brutal, truth the information we get is from big business and let’s make a quick buck propaganda. How can each and every one of us make an informed decision about our health, if we don’t know the truth? Your health effects you and your loved ones.
So when I hear “Got Milk?” I say No Thank You.