A Harvard study reveals that milk from cows raised on factory farms produce milk (and milk products) with dangerously high levels of an estrogen compound called estrone sulfate, actually up to 33 times more. This compound has been linked to breast, testicular and prostate cancers. That little tidbit alone should make us all question the media messages we are bombarded with on a daily basis!
The government gives farmers incentives to confine their cattle in cages, feeding them genetically modified corn instead of allowing them to graze in pastures as they are meant to, given hormones and milked 300 days out of the year, even when pregnant! While the cows are forced to produce much more milk when they are treated this way, they are not healthy and so they end up on antibiotics. And then so do we!
Besides all the antibiotics and hormones the cows are given which end up in the milk, the pasteurization process kills the enzymes along with any health benefits. The way the cattle are raised and fed, when they are milked and how the milk is handled makes a huge difference in the quality and health benefits of the final product. Treating the animals in a humane way is good for all of us.
The study concluded raw, grass-fed, organic milk from cows milked at the proper times is linked to improving digestion, healing autoimmune disorders and boosting overall immunity, which can help prevent cancer. That is why I believe it is critical to use dairy products that are produced properly in order to actually improve health – especially for our children.
Does it surprise you to realize that what has always been considered a “healthy” food is anything but and that when the animals are treated humanely and properly, they produce a healthier product?