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The Truth About Dairy

The Truth About Dairy

Most of us have been drinking it since we were born and still have it every day in our coffee or on our cereal. But is it to blame for our spots and or spare tyre?

Humans are the only living creatures who drink milk into adulthood, let alone the milk of another species. Milk, by design, supports a baby through the fastest growth spurt of its life. For us humans, breast milk turns a 7lb new-born into a 25lb toddler. Cow’s milk? Well it turns a 90lb calf into a 1,600lb cow. So what happens when we drink milk not only produced by a cow, but consumed into adulthood? Hmm…


Cow’s milk is very fatty, it has twice as much protein as human milk, and 49percent of the calories in whole milk are from fat and for semi skimmed around 35percent. The hormones in milk are designed in bringing about growth. When consumed by humans, these growth factors tend to promote fat storage, which tend to oestrogen content, tend to occur around the bottom and stomach.


Too much milk has long been attributed with skin problems, though a lot of experts would like to dismiss that what we eat can affect our complexion but a study carried out in 2008 has come to prove that young boys who drank milk the most had more problems with acne. The belief is that hormones, in particular androgens, lead to the over-production of testosterone, which stimulates the sebaceous glands to create an oilier skin that’s prone to break outs.


Protein is often referred to as one of the building blocks of life and makes up around 16percent of our body weight, including muscle, hair and skin. While dairy is a rich source of protein, you can replace it with whole grains, Oil rich fish, nuts and lean meats to make up the shortfall.

So to replace dairy, some of the mentioned foods can supplement and supply what milk usually does in the diet.

Other alternatives include;

Rice Milk: it is the least fattening and the most nutritious of all milk substitutes. It is a lot more watery than cow’s milk with a grainy consistency.

Soy milk: derived from soy beans, it is a great source of protein and calcium. When cooking with milk or baking, it is also the best substitute as it has a similar consistency. Just be sure to use the unsweetened variety.

Almond milk: this is more expensive than cow milk but is full of Vitamin E, magnesium and selenium. Like rice milk, it is more watery but has a richer flavour.

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