Pelster's Magazine

Do humans need animal milk?

Braucht der Mensch tierische Milch?

“Humans need animal milk” is a widespread myth that is not entirely true. - Let's take a look together at why this is so!

In Germany, around 15% of the population is lactose intolerant and many more have difficulty breaking down the lactose contained in animal milk. But why is it like that? - As babies, we have an excess of the enzyme lactase, which is needed to break down the lactose in breast milk.

When the age comes when we no longer need breast milk, the enzyme decreases and we can only tolerate little or no cow's milk. This reaction of our body suggests that milk is not a necessary component in the rest of our diet.

What is the milk produced for then? - There is a simple answer to this: cow's milk is nothing other than mother's milk for calves. It is specifically tailored to the needs of cows and not to those of humans. Cow's milk causes calves to double their body weight three times as quickly as babies do with mother's milk. For this reason, babies should not drink pure cow's milk, because no mother wants this rapid development.

So why should adults tolerate cow's milk well? - The global population shows a completely different picture, because over 75% cannot tolerate cow's milk and for good reason: it promotes cardiovascular diseases, increases cholesterol levels and mortality.

But cow's milk also contains nutrients that my body needs - doesn't it? - In fact, cow's milk contains important nutrients such as calcium or proteins, but these nutrients are also contained in sufficient quantities in other foods. In everyday life, protein is consumed through nuts, lentils or tofu, and mineral water and plant-based foods such as sesame, kale or spinach ensure optimal calcium intake.

So you can see that cow's milk is actually not intended for humans. We therefore recommend using plant-based alternatives.


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