A lot of people I talk with are cutting out dairy. Another portion of the people I have talked with are negatively affected by dairy, but live with it instead of making a switch for health reasons. Cow’s milk is a common dairy product in our culture and I am usually surprised if I don’t find it in my friend’s or family’s fridge. Who doesn’t have a gallon of milk on hand at all times anyways??
Among the many reasons to avoid cow’s milk (treatment of cows is a big one) a VeganCuts article specifically looks at what is in the milk you drink. If you are on the fence whether to keep cow’s milk or ditch it I would encourage you take a look:
According to this article in the Daily Mail UK, each glass of cow’s milk is likely to contain traces of the following:
Niflumic acid (anti-inflammatory painkiller)
Mefenamic acid (anti-inflammatory)
Estrone (“natural” hormone)
17B-estradiol (sex hormone)
17A-ethinylestradiol (steroid hormone)
Pyrimethamine (anti-malaria drug)
…just to name a few.
It’s estimated that all cow’s milk has at least 59 active hormones, scores of allergens, as well as measurable quantities of herbicides, pesticides, dioxins (up to 200 times the safe levels), up to 52 powerful antibiotics (perhaps 53, with LS-50), blood, pus, feces, bacteria and viruses. Yes, the controlled feed for the cows and batch-blending of their milk can result in that uniform white hue, but the entire process is revolting, and the negative repercussions far outweigh the few health benefits of drinking a 500lb animal’s glandular secretions (which really are meant to nurture their own young, and not humans!)
Are you on the fence about cow’s milk?