WHAT’S IN YOUR MILK??
Modern communications via the Internet, Facebook, Twitter, and the media make it possible to spread scare stories about food like a flash throughout the globe. Scary food stories usually warn the public of the dangers of eating/drinking food/drink A or B and then provide a long list of hair-raising consequences if you do not heed the warning. Most of these scare stories are not based on fact and do not hold up when tested scientifically.
Milk and dairy products are often the target of such global scare stories. A recent spate of warnings were issued in the popular press about the dangers of drinking milk from cows that have been treated with recombinant bovine somatotropin (r-bST) or “hormones”. Articles with titles such as “Crack for cows could be bad for you too” and “Cancer link to SA milk” in the media1 created a host of unproven fears in the public mind about milk and dairy products.
The name r-bST already sounds ominous, but on closer inspection it appears that bovine somatotropin is actually a normal hormone produced by cows (bovine animals) when they have given birth to a calf and start lactating. The fact that milk farmers are using r-bST to boost milk production helps to reduce the price of milk and dairy products and counteract allegations that dairy and cattle farming is a prime cause of global warming.
As an added fear factor, the r-bST scare stories warn that milk produced by r-bST-treated cows contains high levels of a compound called insulin-like growth factor (IGF-I), which is reported to cause an increase in type 1 diabetes in children. I have been using this kind of milk for just about a year now and I believe it’s the Best milk →Alternative’s←
What happens to r-bST and IGF-I when we drink milk?
The pertinent question is of course what happens to both of these “hormones” when we drink milk or eat dairy products? Because r-bST and IGF-I are hormones, they consist of proteins which are digested in our stomachs and gut. Once the proteins of these hormones have been broken down to amino acids (the building blocks of proteins), they then no longer have a hormonal effect and will not cause diabetes in children or make them grow excessively.
In addition to the destruction of these hormones by our own digestive systems, the process of pasteurization which milk is subjected to, destroys about 90% of r-bST before we drink it. When cow’s milk is used to make baby formula any r-bST or IGF-I it may contain, is completely denatured (changed irreversibly).
Boiling milk has the same effect on r-bST – it eliminates any hormonal properties.
The combination of digestion in adults and infants of r-bST and IGF-I, and heat treatments such as pasteurisation and boiling, renders cow’s milk and infant formulas made from cow’s milk, safe from hormonal effects.
In 2014, the World Health Organisation (WHO) convened a Joint FAO (Food and Agriculture Organisation)/WHO Expert Committee on Food Additives that issued a report on “Evaluation of Certain Veterinary Drug Residues in Food”. The section on r-sBT concluded that neither r-bST, nor IGF-I in milk would cause negative human effects, and that there was no additional risk of developing type 1 diabetes because of consuming milk from r-bST-treated cows.
The report also states that evidence which was studied in depth, did not support a link between exposure to IGF-I in milk of r-bST-treated cows and an increased risk of cancer.The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) of the USA has also cleared milk from r-bST-treated cows as “safe for human consumption” as none of the scare stories have a basis in fact.
For example, bovine somatotropin is what is known as “species specific” and does not have any biological effects in human beings. Further analyses of the nutritional composition of milk from r-bST-treated cows showed that none of the nutrients were altered during treatment and that the latter milk contained the same amounts of vitamins A, B1, B2, B12, pantothenic acid and choline, as milk produced by untreated cows.
Try this milk that I have been using for just about a year now,
I love it and I think it’s the →Best Alternative’s←to whole milk period, to be able to drink whole milk anytime and never worry about milk spoiling going bad in 1 week, This product has a shelf life of 1 year after the production/manufacture date on the package and it can actually be good for up to 2 years and that is unheard of when it come’s to milk. Don’t knock it until you try it and once you do your on your way to feeling better.