The first US dietary guidelines were issued in 1980 and recommended against saturated fat intake (found primarily in dairy). The most recent USDA dietary recommendations make clear that the dairy group includes soymilk. Recent studies have found that the best investment for dietary health is a plant based diet and minimizing purchases of meat and dairy.

Commercial dairy has been found to contain: industrial toxins (see also here, here, here, here, here), trans-fats, saturated fat (see also here, here), cholesterol, mercury, and hormones (see also here, here).

Consuming commercial dairy products is may be linked to: heart disease (see also here, here), acne (see here, here, here, here, here), constipation, Parkinson’s, imbalanced hormones, canker sores, mucus, high cholesterol (see here, here), diabetes, obesity, early onset puberty, cancer, pancreatic cancer, breast cancer (see also here), sudden infant death syndrome (see here, here), autism, cataracts, Crohn’s disease, and inflammation (see also here, here).

Cheese is one of the top contributors of sodium in the American diet. It may also be a source of mites and maggots. Potentially allergenic artificial colors made from bugs may be used in products such as yogurt. Milk is low in antioxidants (see also here, here, here), although it is a source of iodine. And 75% of people tested have been exposed to the bovine leukemia virus, most likely through the consumption of meat and dairy.

Studies funded by the dairy and soda industries appear to be more biased than even studies funded by drug companies. Don’t add milk to your tea or eat it with your berries because it may block the absorption of important phytonutrients. The calcium in kale and broccoli is absorbed nearly twice as well as the calcium in cow’s milk. Not surprisingly then, vegans have been found to have bone density equal to that of omnivores.

See also the related blog post: Mad Cow California: Is the Milk Supply Safe?

Topic summary contributed by Denise.
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