During the past few decades, the dairy industry has invested a lot of money to try to convince you that milk is not only healthy but strictly necessary for living. The adverts were cute and pretty convincing, and they worked very well as mothers put at least a glass of milk into their children’s daily routine. They persuaded fit people to start their day with a yogurt and junkies to add an extra serving of cheese into their burgers.
But now, as many pieces of scientific research are coming to light, it's becoming harder to hide the truth: dairy products are not only unhealthy, but they're also linked to many serious diseases and even to elevated mortality rates.
We have selected some of the most definitive results. Check for yourself.
Not exactly good for the bones
There's a popular belief that milk is good for the bones, but some researchers have been proving it wrong. A study with 96,000 volunteers found that the more milk men consumed as teenagers, the more bone fractures they experienced as adults.
Linked to many types of cancer
Consumption of dairy products has been linked to many types of cancer, especially the ones in the reproductive system, like prostate cancer. The Physicians Health Study tracked 21,660 participants for 28 years, and then found that 2,5 servings of dairy per day (for example, 2,5 cups of milk) is enough to increase the risk of prostate cancer.
Other studies show that women who eat high quantities of cheddar, American, and cream cheeses had a 53 percent higher risk for breast cancer, while women diagnosed with early-stage invasive breast cancer had their mortality rate increased by eating high-fat dairy products. Even small portions, for example, half a serving per day, offered a significant risk.
Research published in the American Journal of Epidemiology found that women who consumed more than one glass of milk per day had a 73% greater chance of developing ovarian cancer if compared to women who drank less than one glass per day.
Milk increases the chances of developing diabetes
A Finnish study analyzed 3,000 children with a genetically increased risk of developing diabetes. The ones that had an early introduction of cow’s milk increased susceptibility to the disease. On the other hand, the American Academy of Pediatrics found out that, by avoiding exposure to cow’s milk protein for at least the first three months of the child's life, it's possible to decrease up to 30% the incidence of type 1 diabetes.
Consumption of milk increases mortality
A study published in the American Journal of Epidemiology tracked the consumption of milk, fruit, and vegetable consumption for more than 140,000 participants. The ones who consumed the most milk and the fewest servings of fruits or vegetables had higher mortality rates. Scientists believe that high milk consumption might shorten life span through increased oxidative stress.
When it comes to women, the number is even worse: the death rate was almost three times larger between those who consumed three or more servings of dairy per day and up to one serving of fruit or vegetables, when compared to women that consume less than one serving of dairy per day and five or more servings of fruits and vegetables.
The good news is that it's not only possible but delicious to have a vegan diet, that excludes dairy and many other animal products that are equally harmful to health, for the animals and for the environment.
We invite you to join our 21 Días Veg Challenge and make this change to a healthier lifestyle!