Tuesday, April 1, 2008

Am I too Pushy?

Maybe. But I can't help it. I saw foodtv.ca's spring menus and information were all so pro-veg, and I couldn't help but look around. Their menus, articles, and even new blog are all healthy, organic, and veg-based.

This article, however, upset me:

"10 Food and Nutrition Myths Debunked!"

Some of the writer's information was slightly off, but for the most part I agreed with the information she was handing out to the public. Except for Myth #10.

Myth #10: Dairy products are bad for you. Unless you’re allergic to milk products, there’s no good reason to cut this food group out of your diet. Dairy products contain many of the nutrients and compounds we need to be healthy, including protein and calcium. Dairy products are available in low-fat and fat-free versions, so try these if you’re concerned about fat and calories.

I couldn't help it. I had to reply.

I agree with almost everything you said. Except on the dairy front. The dairy we drink is processed to Pluto and back, as if it weren't disgusting enough to begin with. Low-fat/fat-free versions have undergone more modifications than Michael Jackson's nose. There is a reason dairy allergies are among the top 9 in Canada. But that's not to say that milk was healthy to begin with. Laden with Bovine Growth Hormone and Insulin-Like Growth Factor 1, milk naturally (organic or not) is formulated to cause one to gain extreme amounts of weight, extremely fast (after all, it is meant for a baby calf to grow from 90 pounds to 400.)

The fats found in milk are not healthy at all—laden with saturated fats and cholesterol, milk is an artery clog waiting to happen. Healthy fats include mono and polyunsaturated fats found in nuts, avocados, olive oil, flaxseed, fish, etc. The protein attained in milk has been linked to heart disease, diabetes and osteoporosis, and milk has been found to be a potent carcinogen.

Quote, from Cancer Facts & Figures 2008, Page 45 from the American Cancer Society: "Individuals who maintain a vegetarian diet ... have a lower risk of many cancers."

For those who want to do their own research, I implore you to visit the American Journal of Epidemiology (Epidemiology is the study of factors affecting health and illness in populations) and search "dairy" in their database. Read the titles of all the hits that come up—the titles alone will inform you of the death trap that is milk, and if you feel so inclined: read the abstracts, or even the articles—and learn more about how you can prevent poisoning yourself.

As if it weren’t enough that eliminating dairy from your diet will benefit your own health—there is the cows to think of too. Cruelty in the dairy industry is not as well known by the general public as that of the meat industry, but it is definitely there. Dairy cows are repeatedly impregnated only to have their babies taken to slaughter and their milk stolen from them by cold, painful machines that suck knot only the milk but the pus and blood from cows’ infected udders to be consumed by humans. After several short years (much shorter than a cows’ expected lifespan) the dairy cow dies and is slaughtered for hamburger meat. Unfortunately, organic dairy is even more cruel—as the cows must go through this torture without painkillers or antibiotics of any kind, and die twice as quickly as their ‘regular’ counterparts.

But I understand that all this is hard to believe. So I ask you to do your own research—don’t take my word for it, I’m just a near-anonymous poster on a website. Think for yourself, look into it yourself, and make your own decisions. Even if you simply choose to substitute dairy milk with vitamin fortified organic soy milk (which provides the same vitamins with zero cholesterol, less fat, and no animal proteins) and continue to eat cheese, yogurt, and other dairy products—everything helps.

Feel free to contact me with your comments, questions, or concerns at earthly.delight@live.com


katie said...

Good on you for responding! Great answer. Personally I refrain from eating milk but still eat other dairy products sometimes. I appreciate that your outlook "every little bit helps". :) Thanks for that :)

katie said...

*drinking milk
*appreciate your outlook..
Doh :P

Anonymous said...

Well look at you - MISS SMARTY PANTS!!!! :P

Way to rip that columnist a new one.