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Milk: A Rather Sickening Story

Milk: A Rather Sickening Story

Posted 8 April 2010   by _Matt         Permalink | 22 Comments

Tags: guest blog, milk, dairy, cows, environment, health, soy milk, video, 7:30 Report

This week the 7:30 Report ran a story on the dangers of milk. According to the program, regular milk may be linked to a long list of diseases including: heart disease, diabetes, autism and even schizophrenia!

Should we really be surprised that a drink intended for baby calves isn't ideal for adult humans? As Dr. Michael Klapper said: "The human body has no more need for cows' milk than it does for dogs' milk, horses' milk or giraffes' milk."

So milk might make you sick. But what the report didn't mention is that it's also making the environment sick. It takes about 200 litres of water to produce just one glass of milk. That's almost as much water as many people use for all their household activities in a day!

But perhaps the darkest side of the dairy industry is what happens to the animals. Cows do not automatically produce milk. Just like humans, first they need to have a baby. So what happens to the calf? Every year in Australia, 1 million baby calves are slaughtered as 'waste-products' of the dairy industry. Their flesh may be sold as pink veal, their bones may be crushed-up and made into designer dog biscuits, and the lining of their stomachs may be used in the process of making cheese.

Now that's enough to make anybody sick!

Fortunately, enjoying milk without such sickening side effects is a breeze! Next time you're at the shops, why not try one of these fantastic cruelty free milks?


Soy milk: My personal favourite. It's high in protein and fibre. My recommendation? Try out Sanitarium's So Good Lite if you like that milky taste. But then if you asked Karen, she'd tell you that Vitasoy's Soy Milky Lite is the way to go.


Rice milk: A favourite for some in cooking. If you've got a sweet tooth, this may be the option for you as it's known for its sweeter taste compared to other milks. Vic Unleashed Street Team Co-ordinator Rochelle's recommendation: go get yourself a carton of Vitasoy.

Almond milk, Oat milk, and the list goes on... If you're feeling really adventurous you can even make your own, for example this recipe for cashew milk.

The neat thing with all of these is that not all soy/rice/almond/oat milks taste alike. So there's one to suit everyone's taste. On the flip side, it might take you a little exploring to find the one that suits you. So if at first you don't succed, try another brand ;)

And don't forget to comment below and share which one's your fave?

Ps. The story doesn't stop there. You can also find delicious non-dairy cheeses, creams, cream cheeses, ice creams, and most importantly chocolates!

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Karen Karen 9 April 2010
I gag at the thought of how much cow milk I used to once drink!  scared cow
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Karen Karen 9 April 2010
Oh, and Vitasoy Soy Milky FTW!
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Ward Ward 9 April 2010
Vitasoy regular is my favourite. I'm a born and bred soy boy wink
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Jen Jen 10 April 2010
I love soy milk happy though I've tried rice milk to.
I don't know how I used to drink normal milk before...
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Joshio Joshio 10 April 2010
i like your style matt, great blog.
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Pomi Pomi 11 April 2010
Ew, the thought of cows milk makes me feel sick now.
I don't particulary like soy milk, but it depends on the brand. I use rice milk happy
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Hayley. J Hayley. J 13 April 2010
I agree with Karen, Vitasoy Soy Milky is the bomb wink
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birdie birdie 14 April 2010
i love so good regular & vitasoy oatmilk!
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Karen Karen 14 April 2010
Ward you're such a liar! tongue I bet you weren't born a soy boy!
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Ancksu Ancksu 18 April 2010
That's interesting. Because I start feel ill if I drink milk. But my Soy is all kinds of wonderful...
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strutty strutty 18 April 2010
Pure Harvest Malt Free Soy...two thumbs up.
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Boris Boris 23 April 2010
I dont like the idea of drinking cow's milk but I just cant seem to get into soy milk. I might give the rice or almond milk a try happy
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cfarage cfarage 24 April 2010
A vote for oat (or organic honey oat milk if I'm feeling self-indulgent!)
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Teweesa! Teweesa! 25 April 2010
Organic So Good is heavenly.
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Brendon Brendon 28 April 2010
This makes me cringe.
I used to LOVE dairy but now that I haven't touched the stuff in over two years it makes my stomach go gaga.
ROFL, I'm definitely a rice milk or oat milk fan but I'm not opposed to soy milk if there's nothing else left in the fridge (that's what my bf prefers and he's not even a vegetarian/vegan but thinks dairy is fowl).
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ChloeMB ChloeMB 28 April 2010
Just Organic organic soy milk - I wouldn't say it is the best tasting soy milk ever, but it is organic, which makes it ten times yummier.
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JessicaSmile JessicaSmile 3 May 2010
After Reading This I told like everyone about the Million Calves being slaughtered and some of my friends stopped drinking milk for a while.

I dont like Plain soy Milk, so my 'plain' is So Good's vanilla Soy Milks but I have Chocolate vistasoy =D
'GET THE BEST OF BOTH WORLDS' Im Sorry I had The Urge To Sing Miley Virus D;
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MissMadiD MissMadiD 6 May 2010
I've just started drinking soy milk (recently educated about cows milk and I am disgusted in myself for drinking it)
Its so SWEET! almost too sweet.
But FANTASTIC on cereal!
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twoblackrats twoblackrats 13 May 2010
VitaSoy SoyMilky!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Though, So Good is pretty damn good too - try their flavoured milks!
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karenbaby karenbaby 16 September 2010
Wow,i never thought about that. I never personally have much milk,but i didnt know all this D: deff only drinking soy!
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ukgaz ukgaz 30 January 2011
Cocalate Oat milk is nice !!!!!!!
and also much Better for you !!!!!
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femalesapiens femalesapiens 5 July 2011
before you go full-on soy milk and othersoy products google some of the concerns regarding the high level of phytates present in soy milk some of which imitate female hormones and can actually alter the timing of the menstrual cycle amongst other effects.  Also take into account that soy milk and soy products are being touted as healthy by corporations like Monsanto who have a vested interest in their consumption, so you will not be receiving useful information from a lot of websites with "soy" in the address.
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