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5 Reasons Not To Drink Cows' Milk
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5 Reasons Not To Drink Cows' Milk

Vegans wouldn’t dream of drinking cows’ milk or eating dairy. But for those newbies who might be wavering or undecided; here’s why you should swerve away from the cow juice.

1. Animals’ milk is for baby animals, not humans. Research has shown that if you fed a calf cows’ milk that has been homogenized and pasteurized, it would suffer ill health and probably die within six months. And these processes are supposed to make milk safe for human consumption?

2. When milk is homogenized, its structure is so damaged that the cream no longer separates properly from the milk. The fat cell walls are broken down enabling the fat to be easily absorbed by our digestive system and distributed around our bodies by the bloodstream. You might as well just drink straight cream!

3. The long held belief that milk was high in calcium and therefore good for our bone development has been consigned to the myth bin by research. The processes of pasteurization and homogenization render the calcium contained in cows’ milk virtually useless as far as our bodies are concerned. In fact, those countries which consume the highest quantities of processed milk also have the highest rates of osteoporosis.

4. Keen biology students will have heard of the study on Pottenger’s Cats which was carried out between 1932 and 1942. Two groups of cats were fed diets of raw and cooked/processed food respectively. The group fed on natural, untreated milk thrived whilst the other which was fed homogenized and pasteurized dairy showed signs of calcium deficiency and were mostly sterile after three generations. Could there be a connection between this research and the fact that here in the West, infertility rates are soaring.

5. A recent Canadian study has shown that drinking too much cows’ milk can lead to iron deficiency in young children and that supplementing the diet with vitamin D does not alleviate the problem. Human babies are physiologically designed to drink human milk, not cow's milk.

Fortunately for those who miss their milk fix there are alternatives out there. Most supermarkets offer soy, rice and nut milk, although the safest way to be sure of exactly what you’re drinking, is to make your own.

The following recipe is for very simple almond milk but you can add Brazil nuts, walnuts or any other unsalted nuts you fancy for a change. There are other recipes out there but this is about as quick and simple as it gets.

Nut Milk

  • 1 cup almonds or other nuts and 4 cups spring water.


  1. Put the nuts and water in a blender and blitz until well broken down but not totally smooth.
  2. Take a nut milk bag and strain the mixture through it.
  3. And there you have it: nut milk.


*Image courtesy Flickr creative commons.

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  1. Vin Chauhun
    Vin Chauhun
    milk does not have the correct ratio of Calcium to magnesium as far as I know. overall, cows milk is not that good, pasteurized milk is even worse. voted!
    1. Alison Page
      Alison Page
      Thank you kindly!
  2. Wendy Feign
    To me it's absurd! 1) Drinking milk after we've been weaned. 2) Drinking the milk of another mammal.
    1. Alison Page
      Alison Page
      Quite so. I mean, you don't see animals drinking other animals milk do you? At least not as far as I'm aware. Thanks for commenting.
  3. robz
    not to mention the estrogen and its link to several cancers
    1. Alison Page
      Alison Page
      Yes, that too. I much prefer nut milk anyway, taste-wise. Thanks for commenting.
  4. Rspberry Kitchen
    Rspberry Kitchen
    Great post. It just doesn't make sense drinking animal milk in this day and age. I wish more people would realise this.
    1. Alison Page
      Alison Page
      Thank you. I'm glad you enjoyed it.
  5. Lisa Justin
    Allison page, your given some reasons on not drinking cow’s milk are valid but you are wrong on this point that drinking cow’s milk is not useful at all. I was reading article on source which was also describing the advantages of cow's milk. Advantages of drinking this milk have been accepted from the centuries and this fact cannot be denied.
  6. Aliza Jones
    Yes, it is true that the pasteurized milk is not good for health but the milk which is not pasteurized and is treated with a little amount of heat helps to preserve the milk’s essential vitamins and minerals. Site is very good where you can read best and lovely ideas


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