The TRUTH about dairy

Have you ever been told that dairy will help you build strong bones? Or that you need to drink cow’s milk to get enough calcium? Probably.

Have you ever been told of the harm that dairy can do to your body? Probably not.

Below we reveal the TRUTH about dairy backed by bullet-proof science. These are the reasons WHY athletes and non-athletes alike are ditching dairy and finding an abundance of health, stamina, strength and vitality by going dairy-free!

Cow’s Milk Allergy

Cow’s milk allergy is one of the most common food allergies, affecting infants, children, and as many as 1 in 13 adults. Symptoms can occur immediately or up to several days following dairy consumption and typically affect the skin (i.e. eczema) or digestive tract (i.e. acid reflux). No cure exists and the only effective management strategy is avoidance. Dairy from other species (i.e. goats, sheep) can cross-react and should be avoided as well, but plant-based options abound.

Dairy Intolerance

65% of adults experience dairy intolerance, a generally lifelong, inherited condition characterized by difficulty digesting lactose (dairy sugar). Thirty minutes to two hours after consuming milk or other lactose-containing dairy, they can experience abdominal pain, bloating, gas, nausea, and diarrhea. To completely avoid lactose, bypass milk, cheese, butter, cream, and other dairy products. Lactose-free alternatives like plant-based milk, yogurt, and cheese can easily replace them.

Asthma

Asthmatics need more antioxidants to protect their vulnerable lungs. They have far fewer antioxidants than most, and eating more foods that contain them cuts their chance of worsening in half. How many antioxidants do we find in dairy? Not many. Vanilla soymilk more than doubles the content of cow’s milk and yogurt. Such differences may explain why 92% of people with asthma who cut out dairy and other animal foods for one year improved their symptoms enough to go from 4-5 medications to just 1.

Fractures

Dairy for brittle bones?

Advertisements push dairy for strong bones, but research begs to differ. Drinking 2+ glasses of milk per day increased women’s risk of hip fracture by 45%. Those getting the recommended 3+ glasses per day had a 60%greater hip fracture rate. For truly strong bones, shift your focus to fruits and vegetables: women eating twice the fruit had 5% denser bones.

Ovarian Cancer

The connection between dairy and ovarian cancer.

Which food was most closely connected to ovarian cancer (the #1 cause of gynecologic cancer deaths) in women from 40 countries across five continents? Milk. Women who drank just 1+ glass of whole milk per day were at three times greater risk for ovarian cancer, though even skim milk has been tied to this deadly disease. While dairy can increase risk, vegetables can reduce it. Eating 3+ servings of vegetables per day dropped the risk of ovarian cancer by 39%.

Prostate Cancer

Milk and male health

Our sons have a 1 in 9 chance of developing prostate cancer throughout their lifetimes. By drinking milk each day during adolescence, they increase their risk of advanced prostate cancer at least threefold. When explored across 42 countries, milk was the food most closely linked to both developing prostate cancer and dying from it. On the other hand, men who bypass dairy and eat a plant-based diet cut their risk of prostate cancer by 35%.

Estrogen

Pre-workout birth control hormones

Milk and dairy products supply 60-80% of the estrogen in our diets. In fact, in just 30-60 minutes after drinking milk, estrogen levels can increase by 26%! Pomegranate juice, on the other hand, promotes more desirableestrogen levels. Compared to drinking a placebo, pomegranate juice can increase Olympic weightlifting performance by 8%, decrease how hard training felt by 4%, and decrease muscle soreness by 13%. Which sounds like a healthier, more productive drink to you?

Hormones found in milk boost belly fat

You may have heard of cortisol, a stress hormone consistently found in milk. High cortisol levels cause us to store belly fat and are linked to lower muscle mass and bone density. Dairy-laden meals have been shown to increase cortisol, but barley soup and a vegetable stir-fry with rice lowered levels of this stress hormone. Which type of meal would you choose for a toned, high-performance physique?

Trans Fat

Trans fats in milk block blood flow to muscles and inflame our bodies

More than 2% of dairy calories come from trans fats, the most harmful fat in our food supply. Trans fats are so destructive that our nation’s most prestigious group of scientists declared they should be completely omitted from our diet. Trans fats cripple arteries, cutting blood flow to our muscles by 29% compared to saturated fat, another destructive fat in dairy. Trans fats also promote inflammation while plant foods do the opposite. Berries, for example, boost artery function and soothe inflammation. If better blood flow and less inflammation mean superior performance and faster recovery, the scale tips away from dairy.