Thanks to massive PR machine, Nigeria’s dairy brand, Peak milk, a subsidiary of FrieslandCampina WAMCO, has long be touted as the preferred source of calcium.
The manufacturer boasts that the milk, both powdered and liquid form, is made from ‘most delicious pure cow’s milk’.
“Peak Whole Milk Powder has a rich and creamy taste and contains important nutrients like Calcium, Protein and Vitamin A. It is a natural product, does not contain any preservatives and dissolves easily in warm and cold previously boiled water,” the company claims.
But the truth the company and its whole PR department decided to ignore is that when you consume Peak milk in any form (cheese, yoghurt or ice cream) or any product made from cow milk, then you are probably also accompanied by a number of health problems. Lactose
There are 11 reasons why it is not recommended to consume milk.
1. Weaker bones
In the face of a long-standing popular belief that calcium is good for bones, the opposite is true: cow’s milk actually deprives calcium of our bones. Animal proteins produce acid when degraded, and calcium is an excellent acid neutralizer. To neutralise and flush out the acids, our body must use the calcium in the milk and some of our own calcium reserves. Every glass of milk we drink releases calcium from our bones. For this reason, one medical study after another has shown that people who consume the majority of cow’s milk have significantly higher fracture rates than people who drink little or no milk. And if you eat large quantities of cheese? Take one serving of saturated fat, sodium and cholesterol.
2. Prostate cancer
Milk and cheese are associated with increased prostate cancer risk.
3. Lactose intolerance
Lactose in cow’s milk can be difficult to digest for humans, which can lead to nausea, cramps, bloating and diarrhea. Difficulties in milk digestion can also develop in later life and lead to progressive worsening of symptoms.
More and more people worldwide are suffering from lactose intolerance.
Several studies have linked the consumption of dairy products of all kinds with increased prevalence and severity of acne in boys and girls.
Often, milk intake is the cause of severe acne.
A single serving of milk can contain up to 24 mg of heart-damaging cholesterol. One serving of cheese (30g) contains 30mg. But no vegetable food contains cholesterol.
Vegetable milk such as e.g. Almond milk or soy milk have no cholesterol at all.
6. Ovarian cancer
A Swedish and Dutch studies found that women who consumed four or more servings of dairy a day were twice as likely to develop serous ovarian cancer.
Ovarian cancer is an increasingly common cancer in women.
7. Milk allergies
Milk allergies are a different caliber than lactose intolerances and can potentially cause severe and dangerous reactions (usually in young children), such as vomiting or anaphylaxis.
Cows are often pumped full of antibiotics to keep them alive and to produce milk in filthy factory conditions. This antibiotic abuse also leads to an increase in antibiotic-resistant bacteria. When people are infected with these so-called super bacteria, antibiotics have at best a reduced effectiveness and are powerless in the worst case.
9. Saturated fat
A single serving of whole milk may contain more than 20 percent of the recommended daily intake of saturated fat. If you take three servings of whole milk, you are already at 60 percent of the day – even before you eat anything. Cheese is even worse: pizza and cheese are sometimes the largest food sources of saturated fats in Nigeria.
Cheeses contain a lot of unsaturated fatty acids.
10. Weight gain
Despite industry claims, a study of more than 12,000 children found that the more milk they drank, the more weight they gained – and skimmed milk and 1 percent milk actually seemed to gain more weight than drinking 2 percent or whole milk. The study also found that replacing soda with milk did not result in weight loss.
Cheese can contain up to 1400 mg of sodium per 100g. Varieties such as halloumi, feta and edam cheese (as well as processed cheese) are so loaded with sodium that they are actually saltier than seawater.
Apart from humans (and pets fed by humans), no species drinks milk beyond their natural age or drinks the milk of another species. Cow’s milk is suitable for the nutritional needs of calves who have four stomachs and will gain hundreds of pounds in a matter of months – sometimes weighing more than 1,000 pounds before they are 2 years old. Cow’s milk does not meet the nutritional needs of humans, so it’s no wonder that eating cow’s milk and its derivatives causes us so many problems.