With the increasing number of lifestyle diseases, everyone is doing their best to eat healthily. We’re always on the lookout for any unfavorable reports about what we eat so that we can drop it off our diet. However, manufacturing companies never share with us the information we need to make dietary decisions. Their focus is on the money we pay for their products.
For example, when you read the packages of dairy products, they tell you how these products are rich in such nutrients as protein, calcium, potassium, and vitamin D, among others. These only tell you how dairy products improve born health, lower risk to type 2 diabetes, and cardiovascular disease. Not that these aren’t true. No. Dairy products indeed have these benefits. That’s why some health experts would recommend these products to their clients.
The concern, however, is that the producers of dairy products are never ready to share with you the health hazards associated with these products. They never even warn you about how much of their products you should take and how much would be harmful to your health. Someone has to stand in the gap. Someone has to speak up. Someone has to say it as it is. And that’s what this article addresses.
Below are some of the health risks associated with the uncontrolled consumption of dairy products.
Saturated Fats in Dairy
A serving of whole milk contains 20% of the daily recommended intake of saturated fats. This information isn’t included in the milk packages yet if you are concerned about your health, you should know this. Consumption of these products increases your intake of saturated fats and, therefore, should be taken with significant control.
These fats raise your cholesterol levels, thus putting your heart at risk. Whenever you want to drink a glass of milk or any other dairy product, do a little arithmetic to ensure that you aren’t taking more than your body needs.
Casein in Dairy
Casein is the main protein in dairy. It leads to higher circulation of the Insulin-Like Growth Factor-1 hormone in the body, a hormone that promotes growth and division of cells for both the healthy and cancerous cells. It’s known as a cancer-promoting hormone. Therefore, consuming a lot of casein from dairy products is associated with an increased risk of suffering from cancer. Of course, that box of cheese will not contain this information.
Hormones in Milk
Milk produced by commercial cows contains large amounts of estrogen and progesterone hormones. Modern dairy cows that are genetically modified to produce milk all year round are even worse. The increased circulation of estrogen and progesterone in the body is a risk factor for hormone-dependent diseases like ovarian and prostate cancer. While this information is crucial, be sure you’ll not get it on dairy product packages.
Antibiotic Residues in Dairy
Antibiotics are widely used in the world by livestock keepers such as dairy farmers. They mainly prevent infection and promote the growth of cows. However, most farmers overuse them. For this reason, antibiotics persist in milk and other dairy products despite the strategies aimed at minimizing this. Antibiotic exposure can lead to a range of problems, such as allergic reactions or even antibiotic resistance.
Microorganisms in Milk
Even though this is never obvious for everyone, milk contains pathogens, whether pasteurized or not. Of course, pasteurization removes pathogens, but this the process never removes them entirely. Many food-borne disease outbreaks are associated with dairies. These outbreaks can sometimes be fatal. Therefore, whenever you’re taking any dairy product, beware of the pathogenic risks associated with it.
Side Effects of High Calcium Content in Milk
Calcium is a valuable nutrient that helps keep your bones strong and healthy. The principal source of calcium is milk, and that’s why the consumption of milk is associated with better bone development.
Ironically, milk can also lead to bone-related problems. How? High calcium content leads to the dysregulation of Vitamin D. This disrupts bone homeostasis, resulting in adverse consequences on bone development.
It’s a personal choice to either eliminate or cut down on your intake of dairy products, but, at least, you now how have this information to help you make a decision.