GOT (genetically engineered) MILK?

I can’t believe it’s already mid-September.  I hope you all enjoyed your fall weekend.  Another week is upon us and I’ve got some great blog topics coming your way.  Keep the requests and feedback coming!

This article, Is Your Favorite Ice Cream Made with Monsanto’s Artificial Hormones?, has been floating around social networking sites over the last few weeks, and it prompted me to write this post.  It was written by John Robbins, son of Baskin-Robins founder Irvine Robbins.  John Robbins left what was the world’s largest ice cream company and all the success that came along with it to become a health advocate!  Check it out.

What’s in your milk?

Did you know that a major portion of our country’s milk supply is genetically engineered?  That means that not only our milk, but also our yogurt, ice cream, cheese and other dairy products contain genetically engineered bovine growth hormone, or rBGH.  rBGH was created by Monsanto, which has been called the most hated company in the world (Watch Food, Inc. to learn more about their despicable actions.)!

How much do you really know about the brands of dairy products you're buying?

Using rBGH boosts profits by increasing cow’s milk production.  This short cut would be all well and good, except that it results in udder infections, leading to pus in the milk (DISGUSTING!), as well as excessive use of antibiotics.  I don’t know about you, but I like my milk without pus and antibiotics!  Even more disturbing is that rBGH milk contains higher levels of insulin-like growth factor, a hormone that is linked to colon, prostate and breast cancer.  It’s no wonder rBGH is banned in Canada, New Zealand, Japan, Australia and all 27 nations in the European Union.  Click here for more information on this topic from Dr. Mercola.

What can you do to limit rBGH in your diet?

  • Pay Attention! Dairy products aren’t the only foods that are genetically modified, so be mindful the brands you are buying and the companies you are supporting!  Food companies are not required to label their products with or without rBGH, but increasing numbers of dairies are choosing to go rBGH free!  Look for milk labeled rBGH free or organic.  Some major corporations, such as Wal-Mart, Starbucks, Ben & Jerry’s, Yoplait, Dannon and Chipotle Mexican Grill have already committed to going rBGH free in response to consumer demand.  Every time a company makes this stand, they help drive Monsanto’s rBGH out of the market, and it’s a big win for American health!  Download this Non-GMO Shopping Guide to learn more about how to keep rBGH dairy and other genetically modified foods out of your shopping cart!

Not only does Chipotle use rBGH-free dairy, but they also use meat from antibiotic and hormone-free animals.

  • As an alternative to dairy (which many of us tend to overdo in our diets), purchase almond, rice or coconut milk products for your family, but stay away from soy products!
  • Consider purchasing raw milk.  I know it’s outside the box for many of you, so get your questions answered here.

I realize that this post as well as last week’s post on MSG are downers, and I’m sorry!  It can be really disheartening to learn about all the harmful ingredients and processing methods that are being used in our country.  However, my posts are not meant to frustrate or scare you, but rather to encourage you to stay informed and make better choices.  You have the power to take control of your own nutrition!  It’s also fun to see which companies are taking a stand to keep their products whole and healthy, and those are the ones we need to support!

As I was researching for this post, I realized there is so much to learn about the topic of genetic modification.  Feel free to send your questions my way and I’ll do my best to answer them or steer you in the right direction.

Alright, turn your frowns upside down…I’ve got a tasty recipe to share with you later this week!

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One response to “GOT (genetically engineered) MILK?

  1. One of the major changes I’ve made this year is to cut out milk completely, getting my calcium from leafy green vegetables instead. While that may piss off the dairy association, I’ve sure felt a lot better in the process. Occassionally, I’ll have a little cheese and a bite of my boyfriend’s ice cream, but I don’t miss the stuff, milk moustache and all.

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