Milk and other dairy products are a large part of many people’s daily diet. Dairy is considered an essential source of protein, iron and calcium – well so say milk marketers, anyway.
The truth is that milk is not a very good source of many minerals at all. It is, after all, designed for young calves, not adult humans.
Manganese, chromium, selenium and magnesium are all found in higher levels in fruit and vegetables. Most important is magnesium which works alongside calcium. Relying on dairy products for calcium is likely to lead to magnesium deficiency and imbalances.
Milk consumption is also strongly linked with increased risk of cardiovascular disease and breast and prostate cancer.
Why? One reason is that more than any other mineral, magnesium protects against heart disease – if you are relying on dairy products for a large part of your diet, then you are more than likely not taking in enough magnesium. There is also a link between heart-disease risk and the presence of an anti-milk antibody in the blood.
Our bodies actually produce an antibody against milk – a strong suggestion that it is not an ideal food. On top of that, 70per cent of people stop producing lactase, the enzyme to digest milk sugar, once they have been weaned. Is nature perhaps trying to tell us something?