I am not a fan of cow’s milk or dairy foods being a standard or main part of the diet. Dairy foods are certainly not necessary to get your daily calcium, protein and nutrition. I gave dairy foods up over 25 years ago with absolutely zero regret.
World Health Organisation statistics show the highest rates of osteoporosis all occur in those countries with the highest dairy food intake, such as the USA, Germany, the UK, Australia, NZ and the Scandinavian countries. It is always the same, interesting eh?
Calcium is one of the most important and abundant minerals in the human body. The calcium in plant foods is far better absorbed than the calcium in cow’s milk as it has all the natural co-factors present. I gave up dairy 25 years ago and I have never looked back.
Your bone health is about far more than just calcium, magnesium and vitamin D. Vitamin D helps you absorb calcium, is fat soluble and the body stores it so it is available when required for calcium utilization. You do not need to take it at the same time in a pill.
“Countries with the highest rates of osteoporosis, such as the United States, England, and Sweden, consume the most milk. China and Japan, where people eat much less protein and dairy food, have low rates of osteoporosis” Nutrition Action, 1993.
Eskimos are a great example of a high animal protein diet. Eskimos also eat vast amounts of calcium but because of their high-animal-protein diet, they suffer exceptionally high incidence of osteoporosis. They are held up as a healthy example but are anything but...
If you want to put on weight, any dietitian will tell you to “drink milk, eat more cheese, have ice cream” etc… The average New Zealander consumes more than 270kg of dairy products every year; 190kg cow’s milk and cream, 13kg of cheese, 22kg of ice cream...
“Calcium intake demonstrated no protective in preventing bone fractures. In fact, those populations with the highest calcium intakes had higher fracture rates than those with more modest calcium intakes”. This is a common theme in calcium research globally.
The dairy industry have warned us for many years that a diet without dairy foods can lead to osteoporosis but in spite of all the claims and recommendations by medical doctors, there is no valid scientific evidence to support this theory. No evidence at all.