The British Medical Journal has published research showing that long term milk consumption has adverse effects on health and may impact mortality rates negatively.
This large scale study tracked over 100,000 Swedish people from ages about 39-74 for over two decades. The results were that the more cow’s milk people drank, the more likely they were to experience bone fracture or die during that period.
Notably, the risks were more pronounced for women – who are traditionally a group encouraged to drink milk to prevent osteoporosis. In the study, women who drank three or more glasses of milk a day had almost double the chance of death during the study compared to those who drank one glass or less, one glass being 200ml.
Problems with pasteurization
There are several issues noted with this food, especially the pasteurized version. First of all, the pasteurization process destroys nutrients and enzymes like vitamin C, water soluble B vitamins and phosphatase, an enzyme crucial for calcium absorption.
Second, magnesium is also destroyed during pasteurization, minimizing the calcium absorption rate. Add to this the fact that pasteurization creates calcium carbonate which cannot enter your cells without a chelating agent, and you have a situation where your body actually has to pull calcium from your bones in order to buffer the calcium carbonate. It is no wonder that America, one of the highest dairy consumers in the world, also has the highest rate of osteoporosis.
Milk causes inflammation
When lactose in milk breaks down, it releases a byproduct called galactose. Galactose causes inflammation. The British study found that the more milk people drank, the more inflammatory molecules were present in their urine.
Cancer from Milk?
One of the most powerful growth hormones identical in humans and cows is called Insulin-like Growth Factor ONE (IGF-1). Diets that are higher in calories and animal proteins tend to boost this hormone. Milk boosts this hormone. Unfortunately, IGF-1 is a key factor in the rapid growth and spread of breast, colon and prostate cancers, as well as encouraging accelerated aging. A report from the World Cancer Research Fund and the American Institute for Cancer Research found that in numerous studies, cancer risk were parallel to milk consumption.
For all these reasons, it is not recommended to consume high amounts of milk, especially pasteurized milk. There are far more risks than advantages when it comes to the nutritional value.