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Cow’s milk, good or bad?

by Georgia Ede
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Is cow’s milk good or bad for your health?

This is the million dollar question, as it is a question that is frequently asked in these times where it seems that cow’s milk has been demonized as harmful to health. But what do the studies say?

There are a lot of scientific studies published on whether cow’s milk brings benefits or damages to our health and the truth is that many of them are contradictory , it is not good to believe something without any basis but the truth is that with respect to this issue there seem to be many Contradictory opinions because it must be taken into account that there are many economic interests and depending on who finances the study or research, it will lead to one statement or another.

The answer will never be clear, but through this analysis and several questions-answers we will be able to draw conclusions to determine whether or not we should consume cow’s milk.

What does cow’s milk contain?

Cow’s milk is a natural product with a high nutritional value and a very complete food, it provides very important nutrients for our stage of development .

It contains proteins, fats, carbohydrates, vitamins and minerals. The exact composition depends on many factors, whether the milk is fresh, whether the cow has been freely grazing, whether it has been hormonalized, whether it has been pasteurized, etc …

On the other hand, it must also be taken into account that commercial cow’s milk, although almost all brands maintain the fundamental nutrients of milk, it has been processed, pasteurized and adulterated, providing or adding vitamins, minerals, etc …

The human being, the only one who consumes milk from another animal?

This premise has been heard over and over again, especially by those opposed to the consumption of cow’s milk; YES it is true, we are the only species that consume milk from another when we are only supposed to consume our mother’s milk and that’s it. Well, this premise or argument should not serve us only as obvious as it may seem, because in reality it does not make much sense since human beings do countless things that other animals do not do because we have a more developed brain that allows us to take advantage of elements of nature that other animals are not capable of.

In addition, our evolution, that of our agriculture and that of technology if they allow us to obtain nutrients that are good for our health from other animals … why not? Of course, always within limits.

Conclusion: milk yes or no?

The truth is that milk consumption has decreased by about 25% in the last decade and that has a meaning. When the properties of milk are questioned, a change in preferences has been gradually introduced and the food industry has also adapted perfectly, since today there are already all kinds of milk:

There is milk of different animal origin (cow, goat, sheep), there is also whole, skimmed, semi-skimmed, lactose-free, enriched with calcium and other minerals, and especially more and more there are milks of vegetable origin (although the correct would be to call them vegetable drinks, since the term milk identifies the substance secreted by the mammary glands of animal origin).

Many milks and many alternative drinks …

 what do we do?

From a nutritional point of view and as long as you do not have intolerance to lactose (milk sugar), casein (milk protein), it would be best to alternate milk with vegetable drinks, and not opt ​​for one or demonize to another.

Today, vegetable drinks are also reinforced with added vitamins and minerals, it will be a matter of taste. The food industry has put on the market an infinity of alternative drinks to milk so that nobody is left out, so it is a matter of taste, there are soy, oatmeal, almond, hazelnut, rice drinks, etc.

So if you are a healthy adult you can try and you can even vary without leaving any aside, it will be the best option .

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