Cow’s Milk is for Baby Cows…… alternatives to milk

There are great, tasty, alternatives to drinking cow’s milk.  I gave it up to reduce my risk of cancer after going through treatment for stage II breast cancer.  Dairy is cancer promoting any way your pour it.

I love the question I got from the mother of one of my daughter’s friends, “If you don’t drink milk…what do you drink?”  As if not drinking milk was somehow un-human!

Luckily, for those who don’t want to drink cows milk because you are:

  • cutting down on animal products to reduce your risk of cancer and all other chronic illnesses like heart disease
  • concerned about the high levels of hormones (natural or otherwise) in it
  • concerned about the pesticides found in milk
  •  trying to eat more alkaline and milk is highly acidic
  • trying to eat with compassion for life

there are other choices.

Let’s compare…shall we?

Cows milk

  • skim is thin, whole is thick
  • calories–146 (60 cal skim)
  • fat–8 g (5 g saturated…0 g in skim)
  • Omega 3 and 6 fatty acids
  • Protein–8g
  • Calcium–22% RDA also contains Vitamin A, Vitamin D, Vitamin B12, riboflavin, Iron, folate, Magnesium, phosphorus,potassium, sodium,selenium


  1. It is an animal product containing saturated fat and cholesterol which has proven to promote heart disease.
  2. If not organic, you are getting the high levels of pesticides from the cows feed
  3.  It contains hormones, natural or synthetic..even “organic” milk contains natural hormones due to the cow lactating.  These growth hormones are what helps that tiny calf grow to a full sized cow in a short time.
  4. More likely than not, it contains antibiotics.  Dairy cows are highly inoculated.
  5. Some are allergic to dairy’s lactic acid.  See health concerns here.  Even if you are not allergic, dairy if highly acidic and acid rich diets promote cancer.
  6. There are also an increasing number of studies linking dairy (specifically casein, the protein in dairy) with Autism.
  7. Casein converts to casomorphins in our bodies…yes, like morphine, this substance is nature’s way of keeping the baby coming back for more milk. (6 weeks off milk, and you won’t miss it) No other animal in the animal kingdom drinks milk past “infant” stage.
  8. The protein in milk, casein, is the protein used in studies showing a link with cancer cell growth and cancer promotion.  When a 20% casein diet is fed to animals, cancer tumors grow…when they are then fed a 5% casein diet, the tumors shrink.
  9. A percentage of children who ingest cows milk become sensitive to the casein, and develop antibodies to it.  This process affects the pancreas (where insulin is made) and they then go on to develop juvenile diabetes.
  10. Milk is acidic by nature and so, instead of helping bones by putting calcium into bone tissue, it extracts the positive calcium ion from the bone to neutralize the acid in the dairy.  Countries that have the highest dairy intake have the worst osteoporosis rates.  Plants have all the calcium you need.  A serving of almonds has as much calcium as 1/2 cup ice cream for example.
  11. IGF-1: insulin growth factor: this is what is in cow’s milk that turns a 30 pound calf into an 800 pound cow.  It promotes fast growth of cells… in cancer….. IGF-1 is a known cancer promoter for prostate, breast, and other cancers.

Rice milk

Ingredients: filtered water, brown rice (partially milled), expeller pressed high oleic safflower oil, tricalcium phosphate, sea salt, vitamin A palmitate, vitamin D2, vitamin B12.

  • can be substituted in recipes for cow’s milk
  • thickness of skim cows milk
  • calories–120
  • fat 2.5g
  • protein 1 g (this is the big difference)
  • calcium 30% RDA also has Vitamin B12, Iron, Vitamin D, Vitamin A, Phosphorus

downsides: The added vitamins are not absorbed like naturally occurring ones.

Soy milk

Ingredients: Filtered water, organic soybeans, organic cane juice,calcium carbonate,salt,vanilla flavor (even the plain), Vitamin A palmitate, carrageenan, riboflavin, Vitamin D2, Vitamin B12

  • can be substituted for cow’s milk in recipes
  • as thick as cows milk 2%
  • calories–110, whole…60 skim
  • fat–4 g (0.5 saturated)
  • protein–7g
  • calcium 30% RDA also has vitamin A, Vitamin D, Vitamin B12, riboflavin, iron, zinc, and folate, fiber
  • has added benefit of soy. Diets rich in soy have been shown to reduce certain types of hormone related cancers and reduce heart disease. To get the cancer prevention benefits of soy, only 3 ounces/day is required

downsides: Some don’t like the taste, added vitamin may not be absorbed as well as naturally occurring.

Almond milk

Ingredients: Filtered water, almonds,(sweetened contains  evaporated cane juice which is sugar), calcium carbonate, sea salt, potassium citrate, carrageenan, sunflower lecithin, Vitamin A palmitate, Vitamin D2, D-Alphatocopherol (Vitmain E)

  • can be substituted for cow’s milk in recipes
  • as thick as skim cows milk
  • calories–60
  • fat–2.5 g (0 saturated)
  • protein–1 g
  • calcium–30% RDA also contains Vitamin A, Vitamin D, Vitamin E, Riboflavin, Phosphorus, copper, zinc, magnesium, fiber

downsides: not a good source of protein, (but we only need 8-10% of or calories coming from protein, and this meets those needs)….  added vitamins are not absorbed like naturally occurring ones….calcium carbonate produces intestinal gas.

Stick to unsweetened as sugar poses its own risk to cancer.

In an e-mail with Dr T Colin Campbell, NY Times bast selling author of The China Study, he states he does not advocate the use large portions of soy milk because it is “processed” and he said the intake of soy this way (soy milk vs the eating the whole bean) is not a “natural” way to ingest soy.  Asian cultures, who have the lowest incidence of cancer and who use soy in their diet, do it sparingly, and never use soy milk.  So if you choose soy milk, just don’t go guzzling a big gulp size.  Anything over 6 ounces may be overdoing it.

So as you can see, there are other choices for your “dairy” type drinks for use in feral and recipes, but to quench your thirst, chlorine filtered water is, by far, the #1 best choice for beverages.


Even if you don’t give up dairy all together, please take a look at the amounts of milk, cheese,  yogurt, sour cream, and butter you are consuming and make all efforts to reduce your intake for cancer prevention.

milk copyWhat I do:

I stopped drinking glasses of all milk, plant or otherwise, years ago (I drink chlorine filtered water with lemon if I want a drink) and I don’t consume any dairy products like cheese or yogurt.  I use plant-based milks (mainly coconut or home made almond) in cooking, but I don’t use processed plant-based milks in cartons. Since my acupuncturist suggested I stop dairy because of severe joint pain while on Fermara,  my digestion has dramatically improved.  No longer do I get bloating or joint pain.  I’ll never go back because I’ve found delicious replacements.  On occasion, for cereal or other needs, I make my own almond milk to avoid the carageenan found in processed plant-based milks that can interfere with digestion.


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11 replies

  1. Love the picture, are you the artist, and if you are may I use it on my Blog?

  2. I’m going to try making tea and yogurt with soy milk.

  3. Hahaha,the picture is hilarious indeed….
    I always want to know is this true that too much milk drinking can lead to overweight? What is the suitable quantum? Is 250ml/day alright?~~~Looking forward to your help(*^__^*)

  4. That picture is hilarious… LOL

    This is a researched and well put together post. The best posts are the ones that are interesting to read and at the same time helpful.

  5. I’m lactose intolerant, so I haven’t had milk (at least, by itself) for many years. But I do use lactaid or soy milk as alternatives while cooking and whatnot.

    If it wasn’t for being lactose intolerant and all, I would just blindly drink milk without realizing alternatives. Who would have guessed, right?

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