Read the labels. I dare you to read the labels! Contrary to what may be told to you by your pediatrician, friends and family, cow’s milk does not have more calcium than almond milk. In fact, it has less!
One cup of cow’s milk contains just 30% calcium while one cup of almond milk contains a whopping 45%! Soy milk is also a close competitor with one cup containing 20%.
Another real problem with cow’s milk is the saturated fat, which has been proven to contribute to childhood obesity, diabetes, heart disease and a whole host of other diseases! One cup of whole milk contains 23% of one’s daily requirement for saturated fat- roughly 1/4 of what we are supposed to consume the entire day!
That would not be terrible in and of itself, but pediatricians are recommending that children have 3 glasses a day “to get their calcium requirements” (and adults are being given very similar advice). So, not even taking into consideration what the children are eating during their day, children are being told to consume 69% of saturated fat before they even put a morsel in their mouths. And, if they fill up with milk, chances are that they won’t be as hungry and won’t eat the healthy vegetables or heart friendly salmon on their plate!
Well, what if you drink and give your family reduced fat milk? One cup reduced fat milk contains 15% of our daily requirements so if you or your kids are drinking 3 glasses a day that would be 45% of the daily requirement.
What about protein? The incorrect belief many have is that nut or soy based milks don’t have protein. Soy, in fact, has just as much protein as cow’s milk. So that myth is debunked!
Lastly, if these arguments don’t sway you perhaps this one will. Cow’s milk makes us pack on the pounds! If you think about it, cow’s milk is intended to turn a 90 pound calf into a 2000 pound cow in a year!We wouldn’t dream of drinking someone elses breast milk, but we will drink the breast milk from another species? Makes no sense to me!
I don’t drink cow’s milk for health, humane or philosophical reasons or give it to my kids but the occasional glass of milk or cup of yogurt is not the problem. The routine daily inclusion in the diet is! Utimately cow’s milk is not a healthy thing to consistently put into our bodies. Read The Milk Myth (or any of the many articles on milk here on GirlieGirl Army but using the search engine) to learn more.
Here is a cheat sheet comparing milk to other milk substitues: