There has always been a buzz about whether cow milk is beneficial or not for humans to drink. But recently, the debate has become more apparent than ever before. Some doctors are saying that cow milk is in fact the complete protein source and an excellent source of calcium and Vitamin D. While other doctors, however, are saying that cow’s milk can lead to anemia, allergies, diarrhea, heart disease, cramps, skin rashes, and acne…the list goes on. Regardless of the confused response we are getting, I believe that everything should be eaten or drank in moderation.
For people who cannot give up cow milk, know that most milk on shelves in grocery stores is far from healthy. Cows, that are raised for their milk and later their meat, are given growth hormones such as Recombinant Bovine Growth Hormone (or also known as rBGH) to increase their milk production. On top of this, cows are also given various antibiotics to decrease the risk of getting infections. This taints the milk which can become contaminated and can possibly affect the human body. If drinking cow milk is vital for you and your family, search for containers that clearly say that the cows used to produce the milk were not given any hormones or antibiotics.
If you are not so fond of cow milk and don’t mind using a dairy alternative, there are many substitutes that are actually more nutritional than cow milk. Several alternatives that are slowly becoming big in the market include almond milk, coconut milk, and soy milk. All these milks have beneficial values listed below:
- Almond milk contains omega-3 fatty acids which is good for your heart! It is also high in protein.
- Coconut milk is rich in antioxidants and is packed with Vitamins B, C, and E. Vitamin B is used to provide energy for cells in your body and Vitamins C and E are used to boost and maintain your immune system.
- Soy Milk is high in protein and good fats that your body needs.
So the next time you are at the grocery store and want to try out something new, choose a dairy alternative! These great choices can be used in all types of cooking, baking, smoothies, shakes, or just as cooling beverages! Who knows what new recipes can come from your experiments! Remember to have fun and enjoy (: