Some important facts about dairy products
There is in our culture a great dependence on milk and milk products; It is difficult to find processed foods or culinary preparations that do not take at least a derivative of milk ingredient. It is culturally considered necessary for good health.
Even one of the great difficulties that some vegetarians become vegan is just stop consuming these products. There are many factors that make people dependent on these foods. If you are also consumers of dairy, here’s some important information about these foods, which may help you to rethink this habit:
Milk and cheese are addictive
Scientists have known since the 80s, the cheeses contain small amounts of morphine – that same drug that doctors give to patients who are suffering a lot of pain. The milk also contains a protein called casein (corresponds to 80% of the proteins present in milk) that causes the same effect of substances known as opiates. When milk is processed into cheese these substances are more concentrated – which is why some scientists refer to cheese as “milk crack”. So the sense of need and dependence is real – milk contains this substance so that the puppy does not deviate from the mother.
Milk = pure food?
Besides the addictive aspect, the milk is so culturally associated with health, nutrition and even the feelings of love and warmth (coming from childhood) that is often difficult to even question the pure aura that surrounds it. However, the reality of animal milk is very different. A recent survey by USP, with five dairies in the state of São Paulo, shows that along the pasteurized milk production chain are critical points of contamination by pathogenic microorganisms, although a number of standards and care for hygiene and quality.
The goal of the research, led by Professor Marta Mitsui Kushida and funded by the National Scientific and Technological Development Council (CNPq), was checking in various parts of the milk production chain the occurrence of disease-causing pathogens and other micro-organisms indicators contamination.
The data collection for the survey took place between November 2010 and September 2011. Among the results of the survey, one of the most eye-catching is the number of occurrences of contamination by E. coli were contaminated 61.1% of the samples milk, 50% of the samples that make contact with the milk, such as liners and inner surfaces of equipment, and 25.9% of the samples without contact with the product, such as floors and handlers’ hands. The figures are staggering, since these strains can trigger serious diseases, e.g. hemorrhagic diarrhea and failure to vital organs.
It was also high counts of microorganisms contamination indicators. “More than 40% of raw milk for the production of pasteurized milk and 70% of raw milk referred to the production of milk type A were above permitted by relevant laws, which demonstrates great difficulty of the products suit the legislation” Natali says.
As the contamination of data identified in this study, there are indications that similar contamination or even more important in the production of milk all over the world. Most cow’s milk contains measurable amounts of herbicides, pesticides, dioxins (up to 2,200 times the acceptable level), up to 52 antibiotics, blood, pus, stool. The cow’s milk can actually contain residues of all that the cow eats, and adrenaline and pain.
Milk and diseases
Studies show the milk harm to human health; there are many experts opposed to the consumption of dairy products. The animal milk can stimulate heart disease, obesities, diabetes, breast cancer, prostate and colon cancers, autoimmune diseases, osteoporosis, some diseases of the retina and kidneys, type 1 diabetes in predisposed children, in which the pancreas undergoes an autoimmune destruction.
The onco-hematologist Gustavo Vilela, 39, clinical staff physician Albert Einstein Hospital, the capital, teaching of postgraduate degree in nutrition in oncology and specialized in onco-hematology at USP and the University of Paris is one of these experts It does not recommend milk to anyone, especially to their patients suffering from cancer. The doctor insists that the diet for cancer cure has been shown in several studies, one of the American Medical Collin Campbell, author of the pro-vegetarianism classic “The China Study”. “The cancer patient sometimes question” what I can eat. ” And almost always hear “what you want” response. I think that, at least, absurd. Unfortunately, there is much talk of regime in the treatment of cancer, “says Gustavo Vilela.
Animal exploitation is a very cruel reality that is not exposed by the media. Cows, like other mammals, only produce milk to feed their young, and for this reason are repeatedly impregnated by insemination methods, and their calves are taken away from you when they are born, so that the milk can then be directed to human consumption. After this traumatic process of separation of mother and creates, puppies are killed or driven to the terrible production of veal; net of their intestines is directed to the manufacture of cheeses, which serve as the coagulant.
Since cows are intensively explored in this cycle until their exhaustion – around six years – when they stop producing profitably and are then slaughtered.
Milk is rather a natural food – but their consumption is directed to the young of each animal. The adult mammal that feeds on milk, and still other species, is the man. In this process there is nothing healthy and natural, being harmful to humans and animals.
With creativity, we can play very similar way foods that take milk, using only vegetable products (here in Veggi & As provide different recipes for milk and vegetables cheeses). The industry also offers some options of milk, cheese and yogurt plant. Of course, plant foods do not have the exact taste of cow’s milk – but can result in very tasty food, healthy and free from all evils present in dairy products.
5 ridiculous myths about cow’s milk
Despite milkss pure exterior, innocent and creamy, milk has a much darker side and the dairy industry does not want you to discover.
Milk is much more than just a drink, it is a cultural phenomenon that can be observed for thousands of years, but in spite of all the research proving that milk is harmful to our lives and to the lives of cows, myths milk still ring loud and clear.
Myth 1 – You need cow’s milk for calcium
Milk is not the best source of calcium, on the contrary, the calcium contained in cow’s milk is poorly absorbed by the human body.
A milk-free diet will not leave you lacking in calcium: most calcium-rich foods on the planet come from plants, especially vegetables dark green like kale, spinach and broccoli.
Myth 2 – cow milk will give you strong bones
Similarly to say that we need cow’s milk for calcium, is also said that cow’s milk is the way we got good, strong, healthy bones. This could not be further from the truth. In fact, this ridiculous myth is so dangerous that it is hard to believe that advertisers are allowed to use it.
Research has shown that milk depletes calcium from our bones and increases the risk of fracture, and this is why the countries with the highest rates of osteoporosis are those where people drink more milk!
Myth 3 – Cow’s milk is not cruel
American advertisements that show celebrities sporting milk mustaches, or the fanciful advertisements happy kitty in little farm, can not hide the ugly side of the dairy industry. The calves are taken from their few hours mothers after they were born, where they are fed milk substitutes and often sold to the veal industry, where they spend months chained by the neck unable to walk, stretch your legs, and even turn, to then be killed.
Cows mothers are also forced to endure great suffering and cruelty. The stress caused by poor conditions in factory farms leads to lameness, diseases and reproductive problems making them “useless” in just 4-5 years (his natural life is 25 years), when they are sent to slaughter.
Myth 4 – The cows need to be milked
For some reason, the whole world believes in the illusion that the cows need to be milked, otherwise their udders will explode – in other words, by milking them we are actually doing them a favor. This myth is a complete lie.
Cows only produce milk to feed their young. If they do not have babies, not produce milk. Simple. To keep dairy cows, the farmers impregnate through artificial insemination once a year. This traumatic process forces the cows in what is known by the industry as a “rape rack.” (Something like rape and torture).
Myth 5 – Cow’s milk is for humans
No one can deny that cow’s milk is an excellent source of food … for calves. This amazing food is essential to cow cubs in their first months of life, but once weaned they’ll never drink milk, and this is the same as occurs with all species of mammals on the planet. That’s why it makes sense that humans drink animal milk.
As if that was not enough reason, cow’s milk contains on average three times the amount of human milk protein, contributing to a variety of diseases and illnesses.
Take down these myths may be the incentive you need to leave the milk and milk products.