Hearing Howard Lyman speak at the Vegan Holiday Festival got me thinking about dairy. Howard emphatically stated that the number one thing every person must do to save their health, is to stop consuming dairy products. Dairy, in his view, was much much worse than chicken, seafood or beef. As Howard was a 40-year cattle rancher, I was surprised that this would be his #1 recommendation to those on the standard American diet.
Do a quick search online about the “health benefits and risks of dairy,” and you will come up with an overwhleming amount of research pointing to the questionable benefits and absolutely toxifying nature of dairy.
Harvard School of Public Health, on the Consumption of Dairy Products (2005):
â€œThe recommendation to drink three glasses of low-fat milk or eat three servings of other dairy products per day to prevent osteoporosis is another step in the wrong direction. â€¦ Three glasses of low-fat milk add more than 300 calories a day. This is a real issue for the millions of Americans who are trying to control their weight. What’s more, millions of Americans are lactose intolerant, and even small amounts of milk or dairy products give them stomachaches, gas, or other problems. This recommendation ignores the lack of evidence for a link between consumption of dairy products and prevention of osteoporosis. It also ignores the possible increases in risk of ovarian cancer and prostate cancer associated with dairy products.â€
I recall my original push to become Vegan, back in 2002, from a lacto-ovo vegetarian diet. I never ate tons of dairy in the first place and was already quite fit. I was astonished to lose about 10 pounds (mostly fat) within the first month of giving up dairy. How could removing the occasional slice of pizza or slice of cheese from my diet cause such an impact?
I suppose drinking the milk of an animal that suckles to grow from 100 to over 800 pounds in less than a year would surely cause some weight gain in a human being!
Click here for more information on the anti-dairy position. For the pro dairy position, just check out this. I must admit the amazon hair goddess video almost had me running out for a quart of YooHoo.
I have been dairy free for the past three days and feel great. Anyone else willing to drop dairy for 30 days?