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Updated: Mar 1, 2022

We've always been told that milk helps you grow up to become strong and healthy, yet when we study the longest living and healthiest populations on the planet, we quickly notice that some don't consume the milk of other species. Does milk "do a body good"? What about all the celebrities showing off their milk mustaches? Is the dairy industry simply a marketing genius? What are the odds of us having been duped by huge dairy corporations? Could it be a coincidence that the government of Canada officially removed the dairy food group from the Canadian food guide in 2019?

Does milk really help build strong bones? That's the message we've been told since our childhood. We associate milk with calcium, with strong bones and teeth and with health in general. Is this true? Would we all be frail and weak without cow's milk? Why is it normal to drink cow's milk, but not dog or cat's milk, or even moose milk, considering it actually contains way more calcium? That's a question I've asked myself for a long time, and in my simple human brain, there was always something very weird about drinking the milk of another lactating species. In this article, I'll review the nutrient content of milk, how it's made along with the process and necessary steps from the farm to your fridge.

Reader discretion is advised, since this article will not hold any punches. The truth, and milk, might be hard to swallow after having read this. I do recognize that milk is a staple on many people's grocery list, so to be fair, I will also discuss the proven benefits of consuming it! Also as a disclaimer, I want to specify that I have met local farmers who take good care and put much effort into the ethical treatment of animals. If you are a dairy farmer, I’m not pointing a finger at you. I’m talking about large scale and million dollar corporations that want to pump out as much profit as possible, with total disregard for the ethical treatment of animals. Although I do disagree with using animals as food or commodities, I do recognize that this industry pays the bills for many people and that many farmers likely do get attached sentimentally to their animals and wish them nothing but great care.

Where does milk come from?