Dairy Consumption - What are the health affects?

30 September

Aside from the obvious ethical and environmental issues associated with dairy products, the Physician’s Committee for Responsible Medicine (PCRM), headed by Dr Neal Barnard – who has undertaken extensive research in the area of plant-based diets and diabetes – provide a great overview of the negative effects of dairy consumption (available here).

PCRM reports that these include, but are not limited to:
  • Increased risk of various types of cancer – most significantly prostate, ovarian, breast and lung cancers;
  • Increased risk of hip fractures in women (by 60%)
  • Link between dairy consumption during infancy and type I diabetes
  • Link between dairy consumption and acne
  • Dairy products contain a significant amount of saturated fat – high intakes of saturated fat are linked with cardiovascular disease
  • Cow’s milk contains contaminants that range from hormones (both naturally occurring in a lactating and pregnant cows and synthetic additives to stimulate milk production) and antibiotics, to pesticides (such as carcinogenic PCBs and dioxins), chemicals pollutants and by-products (i.e. aflatoxins – which can cause liver damage and cancer).

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