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).