The Dark Side of Cow Milk

Although cow’s milk is a fairly complete food from the nutritional point of view since it provides high biological value proteins, carbohydrates, fats, vitamins and minerals its excessive consumption has been linked to some types of diseases. The World Health Organization states that the consumption of cow’s milk before the year increases in babies the risk of developing anaemia by loss of iron, the consumption of cow’s milk has also been linked to asthma problems, children who had excess mucus and breathing difficulties have improved their symptoms by withdrawing cow’s milk from the diet. Part of the protein of the milk increases the likelihood of suffering type 1 diabetes in children with genetic predisposition and intestinal malabsorption problems, populations with high milk consumption rates have the highest rates of diabetes, the scientist Erwin Möller recommends not to consume cow milk before the three years old and limit its amount to no more than 1 or 2 glasses per day.

Some cramps that nursing babies suffer are caused by the mother’s cow’s milk consumption due to the antibodies of the milk that through the maternal blood to the breast milk of the mother who breastfeeds her baby, the consumption of milk has also been linked to intestinal and bowel problems, when you start to consume cow’s milk before 3 months of age the production of intestinal lactase (digestive enzyme) decreases faster leading to gas problems, inflammation, pain intestinal, with or without diarrhoea. To this is added the poor quality of today’s milk due to the chemical components, pesticides, and medicines of its production and processing, about a third of all dairy products are contaminated with traces of antibiotics.

It is advisable not to drink more than 1 to 2 glasses of cow milk per day and preferably be organic or eat yogurt enriched with probiotics (Lactobacillus bulgaricus and Sreptococcus thermophilus), since they improve the intestinal flora and increase the development of beneficial bacteria. You can also replace cow’s milk with goat or sheep’s milk and as for vegan milk, soy milk is the most similar to cow’s milk in terms of nutrient supply, with the difference that it is plant based and not animal, proteins, unsaturated fats and preferably those enriched with calcium, but its consumption should be limited to 1 glass per day.

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