Myth Buster: "We Need Cows Milk For Calcium"


WORDS BY: DR. JUSTINE BUTLER - BUSTED MYTHS

 

Over 70% of the world's population is lactose intolerant and can't digest it.

It's a common notion to so many people that we can only get the calcium we need from cow's milk for healthy bones, but that's incorrect. Milk is not the only source of calcium. It is, by a long way, not the richest source and not readily consumed by humans.

There are over 20 plant-based foods that contain more calcium than milk on a pound for pound basis. The calcium in these plants is actually more easily absorbed by our bodies (more bio available) than that in milk and milk derived products. Better sources than milk include dark green leafy vegetables such as broccoli, kale, cabbage, and watercress. Dried fruits, nuts, seeds, pulses (peas, beans add lentils) are also excellent sources of calcium. These foods offer many other health benefits ( see subsequent busted myths)  as well as provide a natural and safe source of calcium.  

So we don't need cow's milk for our calcium intake. In contrast, cow's milk is an unnatural food for humans to consume. Over 70% of the world's population is lactose intolerant and can't digest it. That shouldn't be a real surprise. After all, milk is baby food for cows. Humans are the only mammal in the world that consume baby milk from another species and seek to do so in adulthood. 

Diets rich in dairy products are associated with an increased risk of many disease, cancer, heart disease, obesity, and diabetes. 

Ever wonder where cows get their calcium?

Let's cut out the middleman. Milk really is not a smart way to get our calcium. And, most of the world's population are not receiving their recommended daily calcium intake that way either.