13 Ways Eating Dairy Harms Human Health

Have milk? If so, you may also have acne, digestive issues, unwanted belly fat, and a higher risk of developing cancer. All of these conditions have been linked to the consumption of dairy products. The slogan, “Milk is good for the body” is simply a marketing ploy. Of course, sometimes we eat things that we know are not the best for our bodies, but with so many dairy substitutes available, we can still enjoy our morning latte and after-dinner ice cream without the use of dairy products.

13 Ways Eating Dairy Harms Human Health

1. Lactose intolerance affects 3 out of 4 people

No less than sixty-five percent of the world’s population is lactose intolerant. This means that their body cannot digest lactose properly, which can lead to side effects such as bloating, cramping, diarrhea, nausea, and excessive gas. People with severe allergies may have more intense and even life-threatening reactions to dairy products.

2. Chances of getting cancer are higher for dairy drinkers

Whole milk consumption linked to prostate cancer

Eating dairy products has been shown to increase insulin-like growth factor 1 (IGF-1), which has been linked to an increased risk of cancer. A Swedish study showed that women who consume 4 or more servings of dairy products a day are twice as likely to develop ovarian cancer as those who consume less than two or none. Plus, studies have shown that a vegan diet may be the key to win “the war on cancer” and vegans turned out fight cancer more effectively than those who eat animal products.

3. Dairy products are linked to high cholesterol

The American Heart Association specifically lists butter, cream, cheese and “other dairy products made from whole milk or reduced in fat (2%)” as examples of foods containing saturated fat. The organization advises people to reduce their consumption of these foods in order to lower blood cholesterol levels. People with high cholesterol can experience cardiovascular complications, including chest pain, heart attacks, and strokes.

4. Dairy drinkers may have higher blood pressure

In a study available on the National Center for Biotechnology Information (NCBI), an inverse relationship between dairy consumption and high blood pressure was found, meaning that the more dairy a participant consumed, the higher blood pressure levels tended to be. High blood pressure, also called hypertensionmay be one of the most telling risk factors for stroke and coronary heart disease.

5. Drinking milk daily increases the risk of Parkinson’s disease

According to NutritionFacts.org, a plant information center founded by Dr. Michael Greger, dairy consumption significantly increases the risk of developing Parkinson’s disease. The article cited a study that found that for every cup of milk consumed per day, the risk of developing Parkinson’s disease increased by 17%.

6. Dairy products are packed with sodium

Dairy products, especially those claiming to be “low fat,” tend to contain high levels of sodium. For example, low-fat cheese and processed yogurt are both high in sodium because food manufacturers replace the taste of fat by adding salt. Consuming large amounts of sodium increases the risk of developing cardiovascular problems. Although certain amounts of sodium are necessary to maintain essential body functions, they should be consumed sparingly. United States FDA recommends less than 2,300 milligrams per day for most adults and less than 1,500 milligrams for people with high blood pressure.

7. Dairy products are linked to high rates of multiple sclerosis

Populations that drink more dairy have higher rates of multiple sclerosis (MS), according to a study which analyzed 29 different populations in 27 countries. Multiple sclerosis is a debilitating disease that affects the body’s central nervous system, essentially distorting the connection between the body’s nerves and the brain, causing symptoms ranging from extreme fatigue, numbness, slurred speech, loss of coordination and, in some cases, paralysis.

8. Dairy products are linked to the development of type 2 diabetes

As noted above, dairy products tend to contain high levels of saturated fat, especially when eaten in the conventional foods of the Standard American Diet (cheese pizzas, ice cream, cheeseburgers, etc.). Excess saturated fat can lead to weight gain and decreased insulin resistance, two key risk factors associated with type 2 diabetes. Conversely, a plant-based diet has been watch both prevent and reverse this disease.

9. Cow’s milk can lead to type 1 diabetes

While many identify type 1 diabetes (IDDM) as an unfortunate genetic mutation – pregnant mothers and young babies who consume dairy products are higher risk for this conditiondue to a process called “molecular mimicry.” The same process can increase the risk of autoimmune disease. The American Academy of Pediatrics issued a warning in 1994 that states “[e]early exposure of infants to cow’s milk protein may be an important factor in initiating the process of beta cell destruction in some individuals…Avoiding cow’s milk protein during the first few months of life may reduce further development of DSID or delaying its onset in susceptible individuals.

10. Dairy drinkers may suffer more from asthma

Countless asthmatics who have given up dairy products have sworn that they cured themselves of this disease by eliminating dairy products from their diet. Also, several herbal medicine, such as Dr Michael Klapper, found that dairy products can trigger asthma attacks. Conversely, these doctors came up with a plant-based diet to reverse this disease.

11. Calcium in dairy products has been shown to weaken bones

Contrary to popular misconception, drinking cow’s milk does not give you strong bones. In reality, a study found that women who drank two glasses of milk a day increased their risk of hip fracture by 45%. Participants who drank three drinks increased this risk by 60%.

12. Consuming dairy products can make acne worse

Acne can be a difficult condition to manage for both teenagers and adults. Although genetics plays a role, dairy consumption can increase the severity of this embarrassing skin condition. Studies have linked cow’s milk consumption to the prevalence and severity of acne in both men and women. On the other hand, many people claim that their skin is left glowing after adopting a vegan diet.

13. Hormones in Dairy Products May Raise Estrogen Levels


Soy tends to get a bad rap for raising estrogen levels and cancer risk, but the reality is that cow’s milk is the culprit. According to a study published by the NCBI. High levels of estrogen can lead to various cancers, including breast and prostate cancer in both women and men.

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