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Beer versus milk...

Some things just piss me off. The common belief that milk is good for you and that beer is bad for you is one of those things that really gets under my skin. Why does it bother me? It's not just that it is not entirely true.

It is that it is completely the opposite of the truth.

This is the truth: Beer is good for your health and milk is bad for your health.

Forget those actors with the white moustaches being paid to tell you that milk is good for you. I am not getting paid (and will probably take some heat) to tell you this, the simple truth:

  • Women who drink milk are more likely to suffer from osteoporosis than women who avoid milk. And, in fact, studies show that female milk drinkers suffer more broken hips in old age than non-milk drinkers.

  • Men who drink milk are more likely to get prostate cancer than men who do not drink milk. Additionally beer has been shown to reduce the risk of prostate cancer.

  • Milk contributes to heart disease and beer helps prevent heart disease.

  • Milk has been shown to contribute to the development of Alzheimer's Disease and beer has been shown to reduce the risk of Alzheimer's.

  • Beer contains more nutrients, vitamins and minerals than milk.

  • 75% of allergy sufferers have their symptoms disappear when they stop using dairy products.

That's a quick summary. For more real health information, a more complete explanation and access to the facts, read on.

Kudos to Guinness for their famous old ads, "Guinness is good for you." Too bad the thought police made them stop telling the truth.

So, let me say it again, beer is good for your health and milk is bad for your health.

I know that even beer lovers might have a hard time buying into that statement; so, let's take a look at the facts:

The lobby group for the milk industry, The National Dairy Council, claims that milk "packs a powerful nutritional punch": calcium, potassium, phosphorus, protein, vitamins A, D and B12, riboflavin, and niacin. Let's examine that claim closely compared with the nutritional "punch" of beer (comparing one pint of milk versus one pint of beer):

Recommended Daily Requirement












Vitamin A

unless added


Vitamin D

unless added


Vitamin B12



Riboflavin (Vitamin B2)



Niacin (Vitamin B3)



Folic Acid (Vitamin B9)




Now that we've seen the truth about vitamins and minerals, let's take a closer look at protein and calcium.

There is no denying the fact that milk contains more calcium than beer; but calcium is a funny thing. Just because something contains calcium does not mean your body can absorb it. Leaving aside the fact that the majority of adults are lactose intolerant, the calcium contained in processed milk is not only not absorbed very well by the body, but there is growing evidence that milk actually leeches calcium from your bones.

The UN World Health Organization, in studying the "calcium paradox" that shows that the developed countries which have high milk consumption levels also have high osteoporosis levels and the countries that have low levels of milk consumption have low levels of osteoporosis, concludes that the protein contained in milk, which builds Homocysteine in the bloodstream, dramatically increases the acidity in the human body which it compensates for by leeching calcium from your bones. (This is like when you have indigestion from too much acid in your stomach so you eat a couple of Tums. Tums contain calcium.)

Now that we have come to milk protein, let's talk about that: yes, milk contains protein and beer does too, although less. So what? You don't drink beer to get protein. You don't drink milk to get your daily protein fix either; or at least you shouldn't.

The average adult female needs about 50 grams per day and the average adult male needs about 60 grams per day of protein. Eggs are the best animal source of complete proteins; fish is the next best source. Other meats and grains follow. Some dairy products, such as yoghurt and cheese are also good sources for some people; but milk is not. The absolute best source of protein is hemp seeds. To find out why, read my blog post, Hemp: The Miracle Plant.

Most of the proteins found in milk are of the type known as Caseins. Caseins are tough little molecules are don't get broken up very much in the stomach and thus end up causing intestinal problems. Two of these milk proteins are problematic in other ways: A1 Beta Casein and Methionine. The explanation as to why A1 Beta Casein is bad for you is too long to go into here. If you are interested, read this article. Trust me, it's not good. The other type, Methionine leads to the buildup of Homocysteine in the blood.

As mentioned above, excess Homocysteine leeches calcium from your bones. And, according to the American Heart Association, "Epidemiological studies have shown that too much Homocysteine in the blood (plasma) is related to a higher risk of coronary heart disease, stroke and peripheral vascular disease."

The Boston University School of Medicine also found that those people who developed Alzheimer's had enormous increases of Homocysteine in their blood when compared to those who did not develop dementia. Other scientific research has provided the proof that Alzheimer's Disease can be controlled or prevented by a diet that excludes milk and other dairy products.

And here is the kicker for my American friends... in the USA, many, if not most of the dairy famers, in addition to adding antibiotics and hormones to the cow's diet, also use a product from Monsanto called Posilac, which is banned in Europe and Canada. This product has been shown to cause cancer in humans who drink the milk from cows who were given Posilac. See this scary video about this. Or read my blog post from January 2009.

We've all seen those ads on TV that say (truthfully) that cereal made from whole grain oats helps reduce cholesterol. What they do not say is that those bozos in the same ads pour milk on their cereal. Get this: one pint of whole milk contains 16 grams of cholesterol laden fat. That is the same amount of cholesterol as contained in 25 slices of bacon. If you really want to have that cereal reduce your cholesterol, eat it dry or better yet, pour a little beer on your Cheerios. I say that with a smile; but it is no joke. Beer contains polyphenols, which has also been proven to lower cholesterol.

Try this on for size: you can have bacon and eggs for breakfast and a hamburger and a beer for lunch and still not take on as much cholesterol as you would by drinking the two glasses of whole milk recommended by the Dairy Association.

Now, I know that all this may seem like some silly rant by a beer lover trying to justify his habit; especially if you are a confirmed milk drinker; or even more especially if you have stopped being able to think for yourself and now just buy into the shit they sell you on TV as being true and real; but if you want the proof of my assertions, take a look at my research sources below.

First, before you explore those sources, read and ponder this following quote from the conservative U.S. National Library of Medicine, National Institutes of Health, who sent this following bulletin to doctors... "Physicians should be aware of the growing evidence supporting the nutritional and health benefits of moderate consumption of alcohol as part of a healthy lifestyle. The recently approved voluntary label on wine ("the proud people who made this wine encourage you to consult your family doctor about the health effects of wine consumption") implies that physicians should promote wine as the preferred source of dietary alcohol. However, studies evaluating the relative benefits of wine versus beer versus spirits suggest that moderate consumption of any alcoholic beverage is associated with lower rates of cardiovascular disease. From a nutritional standpoint, beer contains more protein and B vitamins than wine. The antioxidant content of beer is equivalent to that of wine, but the specific antioxidants are different because the barley and hops used in the production of beer contain bioflavonoids different from those in the grapes used in the production of wine. The benefits of moderate alcohol consumption have not been generally endorsed by physicians for fear that heavy consumers may consider any message as a permissive license to drink in excess. Discussions with patients regarding alcohol consumption should be made in the context of a general medical examination. There is no evidence to support endorsement of one type of alcoholic beverage over another. The physician should define moderate drinking (1 drink per day for women and 2 drinks per day for men) for the patient and should review consumption patterns associated with high risk."

So guys, enjoy your two pints of beer a day, not only guilt free, but knowing that you are contributing to your overall health and well-being. A toast... to your health.

Research Sources:
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