Many people have talked about dangers in cow’s milk and others talk about dangers in soy milk. These people often recommend almond milk as a safe and viable alternative to either dairy or soy, but is it really?
Milk from cows has come under fire for a variety of reasons, among them being the antibiotics and growth hormones often put into the diet of these animals. Because these other substances were ingested, they are passed onto the calves through the milk. Similarly, the milk bottled for human consumption contains these same substances. Mike Ewall writes,
“In fact, only 4 out of 82 commercially used antibiotics are commonly tested for. In addition to the fact that so few of these are tested for, other antibiotics that are not legal for use end up in our milk. The Wall Street Journal (Dec. 1989) did a study of the antibiotic residues in milk on the market and found that 20% of the milk had illegal antibiotics present. This number was confirmed in a May 1992 Consumers Reports study while the Center for Science in the Public Interest found 38% of the milk to be adulterated with illegal antibiotics.”
Also, Sara Ipatenco writes,
“Milk from cows given rBGH [synthetic growth hormone] has higher levels of insulinlike growth factor-1. IFG-1 is a hormone that helps cells grow, but it can also increase the risk of cancerous cells forming, according to the American Cancer Society. High levels of IFG-1 in the human body might raise the risk of certain types of cancers, such as breast, prostate and colon.”
Soy milk, unfortunately, doesn’t fare much better, as it carries all the problems of soy. These issues include contain containing cancer-causing substances, pesticides, aluminum, and other toxins.
But, to make the whole situation worse, almond milk has now been implicated because of the potential issues that it has from non-almond substances that it commonly contains. Mike Adams writes,
“In almond milk, cheap, low-grade calcium is mixed with water and carageenan (a thickener) to make a thick, whitish substance that visually resembles the color and texture of almond milk. Cheap calcium carbonate is added to almond milk to make it compete with the calcium content of regular cow’s milk. But the result is a nutritional catastrophe: You’re drinking inorganic, crushed oyster shells or limestone!
“Cheap calcium pills are almost always contaminated with LEAD. They’re derived from low-grade, inorganic sources of raw materials made almost entirely with calcium carbonate. This isn’t the kind of calcium your body needs. In fact, calcium carbonate probably contributes to artery and kidney calcification.” Also,
“Did you know that calcium pills are linked to heart attacks? Were you aware that commercial almond milk is made with ground up inorganic oyster shells or limestone? Has anyone told you that zeolite powders [which are commonly found in commercial milk] are mined out of the ground from crushed rocks containing high levels of lead and aluminum?”
Adams suggestion for a solution? Make your own almond milk. Whatever you choose to do, know what you are ingesting.