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You’ve probably been told by your doctor to get about 1200 mg of calcium a day, especially
if you’re a woman. Getting enough calcium is important for bone health. It’s supposed
to increase bone density and help prevent osteoporosis. So, what is the best milk
to drink –cow’s milk, soy milk, raw milk, fermented milk (kefir), or raw almond
I’ve read and heard viewpoints that regular cow’s milk (homogenized and pasteurized)
is meant for cows and bad for humans to drink.
Cows are injected with drugs, antibiotics and rBGH (Recombinant Bovine Growth Hormone).
Although there have been no long-term tests of rBGH health effects on humans, some
preliminary studies link rBGH with increased risks of breast cancer, colon cancer,
diabetes and hypertension, just to name a few.
In addition to that, cow’s milk may be contaminated with cow’s blood and pus, and
The late Dr. Benjamin Spock, America’s leading authority on child care, spoke out
against feeding kids with cow’s milk. It can cause anemia, allergies, and insulin-dependent
diabetes and may predispose kids to obesity and heart disease later in life.
If you drink soy milk, thinking that it’s a far better alternative to cow’s milk,
think again. Most popular soy milk brands are full of sugar, and mixed with oil and
stabilizers to create a milky appearance.
The level of phytoestrogen is also pretty high in soy milk, which can lower the amount
of testosterone and affect sperm count.
On top of this, soy milk is associated with breast cancer, leukemia, thyroid disorders
and early puberty of adolescents.
Raw milk means straight from the cow or goat without homogenization or pasteurization
– contains living bacteria cultures that enhance digestion and even soothe the digestive
Some people argue that drinking raw milk isn’t healthy and even dangerous because
the live cultures might get contaminated with unfriendly bacteria such as E coli.
In fact, raw milk that’s collected hygienically from healthy grass-fed cows on a
local family-owned diary farm is very safe to drink, and its health benefits far
outweigh the risks. Raw milk is very rich in enzymes and contains all of the 22 essential
I like raw goat’s milk as the proteins in the raw goat’s milk are easier to digest
but the downside is that it has a rather strong taste. If you want to switch to raw
milk, I suggest you try both raw goat’s milk and raw cow’s milk, then decide which
you prefer best.
Fermented Raw Milk (Kefir)
In my opinion, fermented raw milk is the bestand healthy milk to drink. Kefir is
a fermented milk drink which offers a host of health benefits.
It has antibiotic and anti-fungal properties, and is used in the treatment of metabolic
disorders, atherosclerosis, allergies, tuberculosis, cancer, poor digestion, candidiasis,
osteoporosis, hypertension, HIV and heart disease.
Raw Almond Milk
Raw almond milk is the next best milk to drink. It’s made from raw, soaked almonds,
water, vanilla and a pinch of sea salt.
It contains many anti-cancer phytonutrients, has no cholesterol and makes a great
substitute for lactose intolerant people.
And, because almond skins are a good source of flavonoids, they can protect your
heart from cardiovascular diseases as well.