The Milk Saga Pt. 2: The Pros of Drinking Cow Milk

Last week The Milkman wrote an article on why cow milk is bad (I don’t know since he’s supposed to be the MILKMAN, who advocates milk) but this article is about why cow milk is actually good for you.

The first point Mr. Milkman over there has made is that cow milk has too much protein for the human body. That’s where he’s wrong. The proteins in cow milk are of high quality and contain all of the amino acids needed to make protein, unlike some foods that have incomplete proteins and need amino acids from other foods. The protein helps build muscle tissue and also repair them if they are damaged or broken. If you drink 8 ounces of milk, it supplies 16% of the Daily Value of protein. As well as providing protein, cow milk also has Vitamin B12. Vitamin B12 helps build and create red blood cells. The red blood cells help carry oxygen to working muscles. Another thing found in cow milk is iodine, which is a mineral needed to help produce hormones in the thyroid which are necessary for things like metabolic regulation, an issue brought by Mr. Milk-boy.

Another point The Milk-person, brought up is all the diseases that cow milk brings to the human body. During a study done in 2016 on milk and dairy products, it was found that milk and dairy products showed neutral or reduced risk of type 2 diabetes. It also showed reduced risks of cardiovascular diseases, especially stroke. There is also evidence proving that there was a beneficial effect of milk and dairy product consumption on bone mineral density and no association with the risk of bone fractures. With some cancers, cow milk shows an inverse association with colorectal, bladder, and gastric cancers. It also showed that it had no association with the risk of pancreatic, ovarian, or lung cancer. Evidence on the risk of prostate cancer has also been shown to be inconsistent in some cases.

A point that Mr. Milk-Human brought up is cow milk’s lack of certain vitamins. Cow milk contains a variety of b vitamins, including Vitamin B12, riboflavin, pantothenic acid and niacin that help your body convert to fuel. Cow milk is also a good source of phosphorus, Vitamin D, and Vitamin A. Cow milk is basically a complete nutrient package, containing all nine of the essential nutrients. Wow so cool. Milk, as well as other dairy products and meats, contain CLA, or conjugated lenoleic acid. It helps reduce the propensity to store fat, inhibiting tumor development, increases immune responses against viral antigens. Milk from dairy cows on organic farms have a higher amount of CLA than other sources. Milk products have a richer source of phosphorus, magnesium, potassium, and zinc than other food sources in the average adult diet. In some diets lacking milk and other dairy products, people will miss not only calcium in their diets, but also most of the nutrients that milk and dairy products provide.

These are the reasons why milk is good for you. Don’t listen to the Milkman.