Transcript: Plant vs. Cow Calcium
So we've gone over the overall healthfulness of eggs and meat. What about dairy? Overall—harmful, harmless, or helpful? Overall—harmful.
The #1 source of calcium in the American diet is dairy products. The #1 source of artery-clogging saturated fat is also dairy products; one of the top allergens in the U.S. food supply as well. So while cow's milk represents a substantial source of calcium, it comes with a lot of baggage.
Milk really is the perfect food… for baby calves. A superbly engineered fluid that will turn a 65-pound baby calf into a 500-pound cow in just one year. So if we need to gain a few hundred pounds, maybe, but otherwise, we should just leave their mothers' milk to them.
The calcium in dark green leafy vegetables like kale, broccoli, and bok choy is absorbed about twice as well as the calcium in milk—and there's a bonus: fiber, folate, iron, antioxidants, and the bone-health superstar vitamin K. You won’t find any of those in milk. What you do get as a bonus to the calcium in milk is saturated butterfat, cholesterol, lactose, and antibiotics, pesticides, pus, and manure.
When scientists test pasteurization protocols, they have to actually take into account the manure in the milk: "Heat Inactivation...in Milk Contaminated with...Infected Feces." To replicate what happens in the industry naturally: "High concentrations of feces from...[diseased cows] were used to contaminate raw milk" in the study.
There was even a study on pus this year! In the Journal of Dairy Science they asked, frankly, a pretty revolting question: can you taste the pus? The U.S. has the highest allowable pus concentration in the world—you can have more than 300 million pus cells in just one glass. Now, the industry has always argued that it doesn't matter how inflamed and infected the udders of our factory-farmed dairy cows are, because of pasteurization; it’s cooked pus, so there’s no food safety risk.
What these researchers did, though, was to see if you can taste the difference. They made two vats of cheese—one with high-pus milk, and the other conforming to the more stringent European standards. Not only could they taste the difference, but the “now with less pus” cheese evidently tasted significantly better.
To see any graphs, charts, graphics, images, and quotes to which Dr. Greger may be referring, watch the above video. This is just an approximation of the audio contributed by Dianne Moore.
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