Even though we have been told for years that milk was our best source of calcium; too much milk can lead to calcium deficiency.

Research show that to much animal protein is responsible for calcium loss. Some other researches tend to say that milk could be related to breast cancer.

Moreover, as strange as it may seems, osteoporosis is most common in Western countries, like the United States, where people eat and drink a lots of dairy products and get lots of calcium.

Despite these researches there are several reasons for not using these products as a nutrient source. Cow's milk is suited to the nutritional needs of calves that double their weight in 47 days and grow to 300 pounds within a year.

It is really not adapted for the human body.

If we look in the nature we will see that human beings are the only species to drink the milk of another species. Moreover we are the only species to drink milk beyond infancy.

The lactase, which is an enzyme needed for the digestion of the milk, is deficient for about 2/3 of the world's adult population. This enzyme is present in infants for digesting their mother's milk, but levels decline after the age of five years. If we keep drinking milk the lactase keeps working but it is forcing the nature to do something that was not planned.

Some adults cannot keep the enzyme; they are lactose intolerant. They suffer from bloating, cramping, wind and diarrhea if they drink milk.

The nature is telling us that milk should not be part of our diet and it would be wise to respect it.

If you want to read more about the myth of milk here are some references:

  • "Soyons moins lait" by Nicolas le Berre and HerveQueinnec (Ed Terre vivante)
  • "Le lait de vache une blancheur trompeuse" by Anne Laroche-Walter (Ed Jouvence)
  • "Milk the deadly poison" by Robert Cohen
  • "Ce lait qui menace les femmes" by Raphael Nogier (Ed du Rocher)

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