Drinking Milk Might Be the Greatest Health Myth
We have widely accepted the fact that milk is needed for growth. Starting from birth, babies are made to drink milk from bottles when their mothers can’t breastfeed. However, this has changed in recent years as more and more people have pushed for breastfeeding and urged to ban cow’s milk as substitute for mother’s milk.
A recent study proves that drinking milk can indeed do more harm than good to your body. Many people continue drinking milk even throughout adulthood, and in fact, the more you consume cow’s milk, the more calcium is lost from your body. How does this happen?
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Milk contains animal proteins which acidifies the body’s pH, thereby causing a biological correction to take place. In order to neutralize the acidifying effect of milk, our bodies use calcium. And that calcium comes from our bones. The very act of drinking milk can actually cause a calcium deficiency. Maybe that’s why countries with the highest consumption of dairy products have the highest bone fracture rate in their population. Amy Lanou Ph.D. is the nutrition director for the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine in Washington, D.C., and she states, “The countries with the highest rates of osteoporosis are the ones where people drink the most milk and have the most calcium in their diets. The connection between calcium consumption and bone health is actually very weak, and the connection between dairy consumption and bone health is almost nonexistent.”
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