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Does Dairy Really Do the Body Good

The push to increase our calcium intake is at an all time high. Dairy producers have pushed this issue to the forefront for the last ten years or more. Itís a constant to hear how drinking milk and eating dairy is good for you because it pushes the bodies calcium levels up. Calcium is good for you itís the way we add it to our bodies that isnít so good. Todayís dairy isnít the same as it was twenty years ago. These differences are why we have to ask ourselves, "does dairy really do the body good?"


Does Dairy Really Do the Body Good

What Makes Dairy Scary

Most dairy found in grocery stores is terrible for your health because it comes from cows that are fed high-protein grains and are pumped full of hormones and antibiotics to increase productivity. Everything they are putting into the cow gets transferred into your dairy. Does this sound like it is as good for you as the dairy producers want you to believe?

Many dairy producers use pasteurized and homogenized milk to produce their dairy products. These processes remove the proteins from milk making them un-useful for your body and even border on being harmful. Because these enzymes are broken down at high temperatures, they destroy phosphatase, which is an enzyme that helps your body absorb the calcium found in milk. It also destroys the vitamins B12, B6 and C while killing off all of the good bacteria.

Homogenization of milk alters the fatty contents and good cholesterol found in milk, making it easier to form free radicals, which can cause cancer. Producers homogenize the milk to give it a more universal texture and to keep globules of fat from floating to the surface. Think about the layer of film produced on the top of buttermilk.

Cows are often bred to have an overactive milk supply, so that farmers can get the most out of the cow as possible. This can lead to mastitis as well as milk duct infections. To solve this problem, cows are just fed more antibiotics and hormones in order to keep producing.

What Makes Dairy a Healthy Choice

Milk is a healthy food choice when it comes from cows that are grass-fed, like Jerseys and Guernsey, not modern Holsteins which are forced to over-produce. The good bacteria and healthy diet in the grass-fed cattle reduce the risk of milk-producing infections. This milk is usually not pasteurized, killing off all of the benefits of the milk since the cows are better kept using modern day controls to help ensure clean and safe production.

Because this milk is not homogenized either, the calcium remains intact and allows our bodies to absorb more of the nutrients we need. Of course, the milk tastes different than we are used to because all of the nutrients were processed out of it.

You see, calcium is found in almost every food that we eat. Little sesame seeds have a level of calcium, cup for cup, that is almost ten times as much as milk, but the Dairy Board does not like to advertise this fact.

As you can see dairy isnít really a bad thing. The process of how todayís dairy is made is what makes dairy not such a good choice. Give raw milk or goatís milk a chance as well raw milk cheeses. These are what nature intended when we think about dairy and does it do the body good. The texture is amazing and the flavor is rich and full. Take a chance and see if you palette as well as you body doesnít agree with nature.


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