Plant-base or Dairy? What’s your choice of milk for your kids?

One of the biggest misconceptions of plant-based milk is that It does not deliver enough of the key nutrition, like vitamin D and calcium.  “That statement Is very far from the truth.”  I don’t know where you buy your plant-based milk, but mine comes with around 35-45% daily value of vitamin D and calcium, in one cup.  We buy soy & oat milk.

The last time I checked, anyone can get vitamin D, just go outside! Take a walk, play or whatever interests you. Also, calcium is a mineral you can find minerals in the ground as well, where the plants grow.

When you read articles about plant-based milk not being nutritious enough for children, you have to consider the source and need to follow the money.  What I mean by that is follow the investments, most likely the article reference is backed by some group dumping money into the dairy industry.  So is it wrong to do that? No. That’s just the way business goes.

Here is a recent article from CNN, check it out if you want. https://www-m.cnn.com/2019/09/18/health/kids-drink-guidelines-milk-trnd/index.html

In this article there are guidelines stated by Megan Lott, director of Healthy Eating Research. The guidelines recommend children between the age of 1 and 2 years old drink two to three cups of whole milk a day. At age 2 and 3 they should drink no more than two cups of skim or low-fat milk a day. For age 4 and 5 they should drink no more than two and a half cups of skim or low-fat milk a day.

The dangers of consuming dairy are well documented. Also cow’s milk is supposed to be for its baby calves, not for our babies, doesn’t that just make sense? Why are humans the only species to drink milk from other species anyway?  For additional information, my go to is Colin Campbell, check out some of T. Colin Campbell’s books if you want more detailed information on the health dangers of consuming dairy.

The China Study is the Holy Grail of the plant-base/vegan lifestyle.

About Colin Campbell:

For more than 40 years, Dr. T. Colin Campbell has been at the forefront of nutrition research. His legacy, the China Project, is the most comprehensive study of health and nutrition ever conducted. Dr. Campbell is the Jacob Gould Schurman Professor Emeritus of Nutritional Biochemistry at Cornell University. He has more than 70 grant-years of peer-reviewed research funding and authored more than 300 research papers and coauthor of the bestselling the book, “The China Study: Startling Implications for Diet, Weight Loss and Long-term Health.”

According to the National Digestive Diseases Information Clearinghouse, some 30 million to 50 million Americans are lactose intolerant, including up to 75 percent of African Americans and American Indians and 90 percent of Asian Americans. Not to mention the link between dairy and cancer. According to Physician’s Committee for Responsible Medicine (PCRM), drinking just two glasses of milk a day increased cancer risks to 60 percent.  So if you want to give your child.

Here are just 8 health reasons why you shouldn’t drink milk, not enough for you, there’s plenty more.

Reference: https://www.peta.org/living/food/reasons-stop-drinking-milk/

  • Broken bones. Despite the hype, cow’s milk actually robs our bones of calcium. …
  • Prostate cancer. Milk and cheese have been linked to an increased risk of developing prostate cancer. …
  • Lactose intolerance. …
  • Acne. …
  • Cholesterol. …
  • Ovarian cancer. …
  • Milk allergies. …
  • Antibiotics.

It really comes down to the choices you make for your children, I’m not trying to tell you what to do.  Just make sure you’re aware of some of the articles you read, do your research and make the best decision you see fit for your kids. The facts are that the sale of cows milk is down 3% and plant-base milks are rising around 6%. Consumers are making the switch,  for health and ethical reasons.  There is no reason to believe this is going to slow down any.  So like I always say, follow the money, you’ll get your answers.

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