Are you ready to question everything you thought you knew? Turns out that milk may actually be bad for us. I. KNOW. We all grew up being told the importance of a glass of milk was the best choice. Gotta build them bones up. But according to Cheryl Fayolle, a nutritional therapist, "many of the nutrients are problematic for humans...and some argue that we are not conditioned to consume dairy at all after childhood." She says there's actually no biological requirement for cow's milk in humans whatsoever. In fact, our bodies weren't really made to digest milk on a regular basis.
Milk has become so commonplace in our diets, that we refer to people who can't digest it as intolerant. But some experts think we're getting it backwards. It's been suggested that people who can digest milk are actually a result of a genetic mutation found mainly in European dairy farmers. We may even be lactose intolerant without realizing it. The symptoms include bloating, gas, and discomfort, which people may experience on a daily basis without even questioning the cause.
But what about our calcium? Don't we need to drink milk to keep our bones strong? Apparently not. According to Christine Bailey, an award-winning nutritional therapist, it's misleading to suggest that dairy is linked to strong bones. Some studies have found that a higher dairy consumption can actually increase the risk of bone fractures. We still need calcium, of course. So here are some alternatives to milk:
- dark, leafy vegetables