Living in India most of us grow up consuming milk and milk products as a staple part of our daily diet. If we do just a little food diary exercise, we’ll see how not a single meal may be complete without some dairy in it. Of course this assumption of milk being good for us has a logical history and background.
Going into scriptures, we hear of Lord Krishna’s love for butter. Now Krishna was a cow herder. He used to herd a whole lot of cows. Yet he had to steal butter to eat it! This obviously means there was not enough.
Back then, cows were treated and taken care of like family members. Milk secreted by the cows was given to their calves (for whom it is meant). Only, the little that might be left over was kept for children and aged people as a way to secure them, since food too could be scarce sometimes.
Today India is the largest producer of milk and milk products. Super market shelves are filled with gallons and gallons of milk. Processed Dairy products (casein, milk solids, milk powder) find their way into almost every packaged food and bakery products, and most people don’t even realise how much dairy they end up consuming unknowingly. The milk available to us today is far different from the milk in Lord Krishna’s days.
Cows in dairy farms are treated as milk producing machines, artificially inseminated to make them pregnant, their calves separated from them at birth, and regularly injected with hormones and antibiotics. Hence the milk we have today is a deadly cocktail of chemicals, stress hormones, antibiotics and pus cells, creating all sorts of hormonal and other imbalances in our body.
Cow’s milk is the ideal food for calves, not for humans (just the way we consider human milk to be perfect for our babies). It is addictive as well as acidic in our body, therefore far from bringing benefit, milk comes in the way of good health.
So ditch dairy and embrace good health!
Read more on the detrimental effects of dairy in my blog Milk Moustache