Did you know that more than 60% of Adults Can't actually digest Cow's Milk?

Wednesday, October 9

In answer to the second part of the question that I was asked here...

I grew up drinking lots of milk and under the impression that milk and other dairy products were not only good for me, but an essential part of my dietary intake.

I'd been told that you need to drink milk for it's calcium source to make your bones strong, so that you don't get osteoporosis or 'brittle bones'. 

Ummm....not so, it's turned out.  

Dr Amy Lanou, a Senior Nutrition Scientist at the Physicians Committee for responsible medicine in DC, says:

"The countries with the highest rates of osteoporosis are the ones where people drink the most milk and have the most calcium in their diets. The connection between calcium consumption and bone health is actually very weak, and the connection between dairy consumption and bone health is almost nonexistent.”

And if we really think about it, we are the only adult mammals that still drink milk.  And it's not even the milk from our own species.

So we don't need to be drinking milk to keep our bones strong. 

But here is the more scary part...there is a good chance that you are actually unable to digest milk anyway.

Lactose is the main sugar in milk that needs digesting.

Lactase is the enzyme that allows us to digest the lactose in the milk in our stomachs.

As babies and young children, we have lactase in abundance to digest the milk that we drink that is necessary for our us to grow so rapidly in our early years.

Between the ages of two and five years, most peoples bodies stop producing lactase.

Which means that the lactose sugars, end up sitting and fermenting, undigested in the colon, producing gas that can cause floating, cramping, nausea, flatulence and diarrhoea.

This can also make you feel very sluggish and tired.

It's actually pretty rare to be able to digest milk, with less than 40% of people in the world retaining the ability to digest milk into adulthood!

Studies have shown that the ability to digest milk differs by populations:

 0% of Native Americans can digest milk, 
5% of Asians, 
25% of African and Caribbean peoples, 
50% of Mediterranean peoples and 
90% of northern Europeans. 
Sweden has one of the world's highest percentages of lactose tolerant people.

How well do you tolerate milk?

If you are intolerant then you will usually feel the effects in 30 minutes to two hours after you have had any milk products...

Why don't you try an experiment?

Eliminate milk products for two weeks and see if you notice any changes with regards to bloating, stomach cramps, your energy levels and your skin condition.

And of course the condition of your tongue...

You may be surprised at the results....

Thereafter, Patrick Holford, as controversial as he may be, states that if you have had cancer then you should try and avoid milk altogether.

And if you haven't had cancer, try and keep it at less than half a cup of milk a day.

But more on the milk and cancer debacle another day.

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