Is milk healthy?

Cow’s milk

Milk has a tremendous reputation as a healthy food. The consumption of milk has been rising steadily for decades. But that reputation is hardly deserved.

Here are three health reasons why I don’t drink cow’s milk— a drink which is really only suitable for calves! (I also object to the way cows are ‘farmed’, but that is a moral question).

Milk contains fat which can clog up your arteries and increase your chances of having a heart attack. Amazingly most people still seem to drink milk which contains lots of fat—instead of the much healthier, low fat skimmed and semi skimmed varieties.

Cow’s milk can cause allergies and digestive troubles. Eczema, asthma, migraine, irritable bowel syndrome and sinus problems are just five of the common disorders believed to be associated with milk drinking.

Most worrying is the fact that some farmers give their cows hormones to increase their milk yield. What effect will these hormones have on you and your family? I don’t know. And I don’t think anyone else knows either.

Soya milk

Soya milk—made by washing, soaking and grinding soya beans and then mixing them with boiling water—is an excellent alternative to cow’s milk.

Soya milk (and soya yoghurt and ice cream are also available) contains no cholesterol, little sugar and plenty of protein. The fats in soya milk are of the polyunsaturated kind (in cow’s milk the fats are saturated). Soya milk can easily be used as a

Replacement for cow’s milk, and although you would be able to tell the difference if you drank the two straight from a glass you probably won’t be able to tell the difference if you use the soya milk on cereal or in cooking.

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