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Why Most People Shouldn’t Drink Milk

Why Most People Shouldn’t Drink Milk is out of favor. Given the rise in dairy and lactose intolerance, alongside the surge in popularity of clean eating and the availability of nut milk alternatives, it seems that dairy has had its day.

But is it true that we shouldn’t be drinking milk at all?

It seems it was only yesterday that we were being told the white stuff was the good stuff. There was a time when everyone from Jennifer Aniston to Kate Moss asked “Got milk?”

Not so anymore. Once a staple of the American diet, milk has sunk so low in popularity (consumption has fallen 30 percent since the 1990s)  that it’s now cheaper than water, and the dairy industry is in crisis. In tandem, people have become a lot more health-conscious and choose to shun milk in favor of “healthier” alternatives. You’re just as likely to hear someone say “Make mine a soy/almond/coconut milk latte” as a plain old semi-skimmed.

We thought milk was good for us, but it turns out that it may actually be weird that we drink it at all.

“The dairy industry has always claimed milk to be a perfect natural food,” says Cheryl Fayolle, a nutritional therapist in London listed on the British nutrition information network Nutritionist Resource. “However, whilst cow’s milk is perfect for newborn calves, many of the nutrients are problematic for humans. In fact, we are the only mammals who consume milk after childhood, and some argue that we are not conditioned to consume dairy at all after childhood.”

“Despite all the advertising, there is no biological requirement for cow’s milk,” agrees Christine Bailey, an English nutritionist and author of Go Lean Vegan (Yellow Kite Books, published July 2016). “The evidence of its benefits to humans is typically overstated. Our bodies weren’t really made to digest milk on a regular basis.”

So much so that a whopping 75 percent of the world’s population can’t tolerate it, says Bailey. “Dairy causes millions around the world to suffer digestive distress because of lactose intolerance,” she explains.

Some experts believe that we have things totally the wrong way round, and shouldn’t even be labeling people who can’t digest milk as lactose-intolerant, because it suggests this is abnormal.

Instead, they talk of lactose persistence — the ability to to digest lactose in adulthood — as the result of a genetic mutation found predominantly in the descendants of European dairy farmers. read more at