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The Dark Side Of Dairy

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Since nobody really knows the exact levels of calcium that adults should be getting, what's wrong with having a few glasses of whole milk each day?

Saturated Fat
An 8 oz glass of whole milk contains about 5 grams of saturated fat. This is not the "good fat" that you'd find in an avocado, it's the kind of fat that clogs your arteries over time.

If you were to drink three glasses of milk per day, that's as much saturated fat as as you'd find in 12 strips of bacon, or a big mac and fries.

Hormones, Cancer
Cows make the same hormones that people make. Milk contains many hormones including androgens, estrogens, and progestins. Milk can contribute to breast, prostate, and colon cancer, mainly due to the hormones in milk, as well as other reasons.

These unneeded hormones can stimulate other glands in your body and tamper with your natural hormone levels too.

Harvard research suggests that teenagers with acne problems are more likely to be milk drinkers.

Extra Calories
A glass of whole milk contains about 450 calories, and low-fat milk has roughly 330 calories. That's a lot of unnecessary calories you're consuming right there.

Lactose Intolerance
Most people simply do not have the ability to break down or digest milk. Roughly 75% of the world's population has some kind of lactose intolerance, which depends on race or genetics. Lactose intolerance causes cramps, bloating, nausea, and diarrhea.

Perhaps the human body is not meant to be drinking milk from an animal?

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You really don't need dairy in your diet to be healthy. All vitamins and minerals, including calcium, can naturally be found in healthier products and supplements.

If you do decide to drink milk, keep it down to one glass per day and be sure to choose skim-milk, non-fat, or low-fat milk.

Cheese, ice cream, and all dairy products should be carefully eaten in moderation as well.

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