Milk is a delicious white protein filled beverage that is used in a variety of products all over the world. From birth we have survived on the natural properties of milk that comes from our mother’s mammary glands. Throughout our lives, we continue to enjoy and incorporate milk into our daily diets.
People from all demographics are familiar with the campaign ‘Got Milk’ that encouraged people to drink milk to better their lifestyle. As of late 2011 there has been an ongoing milk debacle stating that soy milk isn’t as good or as pure as a cow’s milk. Themes and subliminal messages insinuate that real milk doesn’t need shaking; also alluding to the fact milk doesn’t come from beans and nuts. However there are many pros and cons related to all the milk found in the world and below we’ll discuss a few.
Starting with the original milk style that the ‘Got Milk’ has tried so hard to keep alive. Whole milk is a cow’s milk with absolutely no altering. This milk is high in natural proteins, fat calcium and Vitamin D. Unfortunately there has been conflicting messages surrounding the health ramifications of whole milk and dairy products. PETA has been very vocal about their distaste for milk stating that the harmful effects of saturated fat and sugar in milk outweigh the benefits of calcium and other nutrients it contains. This further forced the government’s hand to ban whole dairy milk and replace it with soy milk or skimmed milk in school meals. However dairy milk provides extra calories from fats as well as vitamins and minerals for infants and elderly alike.
‘Got Milk’s’ major enemy is soy milk which is made from soybeans. This milk has been heavily endorsed by PETA and their fight against animal cruelty and animal product consumption. Soy milk definitely has its perks – those who are lactose intolerant this can come in handy. Soy beans come from a plant so it is naturally free of cholesterol and low in saturated fat and contains no lactose. However this milk isn’t as filling as dairy products and can also have negative affects on women who are in remission of breast cancer because of phytoestrogen which in large quantities can have negative effects. This is also said to be a possible cause of infertility in men as well. Women who are approaching or going through menopause can use soy milk to remedy their hot flashes however soy milk can have adverse effects in different women causing hot flashes to be even more intense.