When we were kids we were told that we had to drink milk for healthy bones. Well, the truth is that it is more about the absorption than the intake. With our high protein and sodium diets, we are excreting more calcium in our urine. So perhaps by eating healthier, and doing the right form of impact producing exercise, we do not require as much calcium as previously thought. Added to that, our milk is no longer a ‘clean’ product, mostly contaminated with hormones to keep the cows lactating for extended periods and antibiotics to prevent infection. Never mind the so-called fresh milks which have corn syrup, powdered milk or water added?? Is that what you want in your glass?
We mostly consume dairy with sugar … and colours and additives in processed yogurts, ice cream and milk shakes … all of which are acidic. Rice milk, oat milk, coconut milk or almond milk are available as healthy options.
After reading The China Study by Dr T. Colin Campbell, a professor of nutritional biochemistry at Cornell University, I have eliminated dairy from my own diet. His connection with high casein intake and cancer does not make it a healthy option for me. Many other foods contain calcium and do not have the mucous producing side effects of dairy.
> See the ‘Explore more’ menu tab for your calcium foods list or download the list in pdf format here. (160kb)