Most people drink cow milk. I think this is alright if it comes from a happy, healthy cow (or goat for that matter) somewhere in your neighbourhood/from a small scale local farmer. However, most people drink milk that has been mass produced. Many studies claim that this milk is rich in factors that are not beneficial to humans. Once I started researching how the animals get treated during the milk-making process, there were more than enough reasons to start avoiding mass-produced non-organic cow milk. Especially the growth factors (such as insulin-like growth factor, IGF) cause problems and have been reported to cause cancer in the animals, as well as in humans drinking the milk of treated animals. However, this effect might take decades to show. Acne in humans, on the other hand, can develop within days of consuming non-organic dairy and can just as easily quiet down just a few weeks after eliminating dairy from ones diet. If you suffer from acne, it is probably a really good idea to stop drinking mass produced milk as well as stop consuming other non-organic dairy products.
Milk is most known for being a good source of calcium. Young children and post-menopauzal women are informed through marketing campaigns that milk is important for their bones. However, Harvard studies show that there is no positive correlation between calcium intake and prevention of osteoporosis. In fact, because it remains unclear whether dairy products contribute to development of ovarian and prostate cancer, Harvard scientists recommend no more than one glass of mass produced cow milk per day.
As for soy milk, I used to buy it and love it when I thought it was the healthy alternative. Now, I am seriously doubting soy milk as well. It seems that processed soy in soy milk is not a healthy variant of soy. In fact, the extra vitamins added to soy products are not actually ‘extra’ – they are there because processed soy by itself costs our body those vitamins, so in order not to become deficient in these vitamins the manufacturer adds artificial vitamins to the milk to compensate. To all you soy lovers out there: read this article and decide for yourself: 3 Health Foods to Avoid.
A good alternative to mass produced cow milk and soy milk is almond milk, preferably unsweetened. It has a specific flavour that might take some getting used it, especially if you are used to drinking cow milk. However, my blog is full of satisfying recipes that do not require any milk at all and I believe – if you really want a healthier body – skipping dairy and soy milk can really help get you there. It might cost some effort, but you can do it!
Something to think about (image from the Internet, could not retrieve original source):