TAG: Cows

The Milk Debate

Cow vs Goat

Goat’s milk has a number of advantages over cow’s milk. Research conducted at the University of Granada (2007) found that goat’s milk helps the body better use minerals such as calcium, iron, magnesium, and phosphorus, which means that it is superior to cow’s milk for maintaining strong bones and preventing anaemia. Goat’s milk is also more digestable than cow’s milk because it has a different type of fat, and is less likely to provoke allergic reactions because it contains less lactose and far less of the allergenic casein protein. Many (though not all) of those who can’t tolerate cow’s milk… read more

Hormones in Meat

Cows

Synthetic sex hormones are given to sheep and cattle to promote rapid growth and increased milk production, fulfilling a demand for cheap meat and milk. However, concerns have been raised about potential health risks of using synthetic hormones in meat production, a practice which is common in the U.S. and Canada but banned in the European Union. Research suggests that estrogenic additives in meat may affect natural hormone levels, increasing the risk for certain cancers. The most direct evidence of this effect comes from a recent large-scale research review undertaken by the Breast Cancer Fund, which found a link between… read more

Grass-Fed Beef

Cow, Jennifer Copley

In the past, all beef was grass fed but in recent years, most beef has been grain-finished, which means that cows spend the last months of their life gorging on grain in a feedlot. Grain-fed beef is a brighter red, while grass-fed beef is a more auburn shade, but the differences between the two go beyond color. Research has shown that grass-fed beef is higher in health-promoting omega-3 fatty acids, as well as conjugated linoleic acid (CLA), which studies suggest may protect against cancer, heart disease, and diabetes as well as helping to reduce overall body fat (Agriculture and Agri-Food… read more

Are We All Intolerant?

Cows milk intolerance

As a child, were you ever forced to remain at the kitchen table, charged with the refusal to finish a glass of milk? Science shows that refusal may have also been an inability. Some of you may be thinking, “Of course some people can’t drink milk, they are called lactose intolerant.” The thing is, we all are. Different people will have varied degrees of intolerance, but no human is meant to ingest cow’s milk. This makes enough sense, no where else in nature does a species consume the other’s milk. As the name suggests, cow’s milk not only comes from cows but… read more