Poll: Is It Natural To Drink Cow’s Milk?

Alongside debates over the health impacts of milk, there’s yet another hot dairy controversy: Some people say drinking cow’s milk goes against Mother Nature. Their argument? Each species should stick to drinking the milk that only comes from their own species.

PETA makes the argument that not only is cow’s milk the number one cause of food allergies among infants and children, but it’s also unnatural:

Besides humans (and companion animals who are fed by humans), no species drinks milk beyond infancy or drinks the milk of another species. Cow’s milk is suited to the nutritional needs of calves, who have four stomachs and gain hundreds of pounds in a matter of months, sometimes weighing more than 1,000 pounds before they are 2 years old.

But then other experts, like nutritionist Karen Railey, say consuming cow’s milk is completely natural:

Dairy products have been consumed for thousands of years and are mentioned in the Bible as beneficial food.

We want to know what you think? Is drinking cow’s milk natural or unnatural? Take our poll below and chime in:

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    • Rosie

      I understand PETA’s concerns about abuse and neglect on dairy farms. But here’s the thing – using the argument that no other species consumes the milk of another is a little bit of a stretch… No other species drives cars. Should we stop? Should we go back to being hunter/gatherers because no other species of animal has mastered agriculture (fungus-farming ants excluded)? Other species don’t cook their food – should we stop?

      I don’t think there’s any problem with consuming dairy products as long as one does so in moderation, and only consumes those produced from animals who are treated ethically.

      • jack

        Rosie, I agree. 100%. We do all kinds of unnatural things that improve and lengthen our lives.

    • peppermentp

      People would think it is disgusting for adults to drink breast milk from another human, right? But it’s fine to drink the milk of an animal intended for her babies? That does not make sense at all. Cow’s milk is produced by female cows only when she has just had a calf- just like humans. Her milk should be consumed only by her calves.

    • Kteeb

      It is not natural for humans to drink milk from cows. The milk is intended for the calf, not for humans just like human milk is produced for babies. We may be the dominant species but that does not give us the right to do whatever we want. One needs to think of the original purpose for everything, before humans stepped in and destroyed it. Female cows produce milk for one specific reason, to feed their babies, not for humans. Milk has not been proven as an essential item in a humans diet. Research has shown the negative side of drinking milk. It is never good to eat/drink food with so many chemicals in it.

    • claire

      But Jack – drinking cows milk DOESNT improve or lengthen our lives. And Rosie, how are animals ever going to be treated ethically when to take their milk, we have to keep them continually pregnant and take away their babies (for slaughter by the way) at a day old so we can steal the milk that they only naturally produce for their own young. The concept itself is totally unethical!

      • jack

        “…drinking cows milk DOESNT improve or lengthen our lives.”
        That statement is, at best, debatable. Many of the studies about dairy fail to distinguish between grass-fed, organic milk and milk from factory farms, so it’s just not possible to conclude that there’s no benefit. Grass-fed milk and butter are good sources of omega-3 acids that can balance out the inflammatory effects of many vegetarian staples like soy, safflower, and legumes which contain omega-6 acids and lectins. That’s my understanding, at least. Even if I’m wrong, milk is a reasonable source of healthy fats and proteins.

        It’s also important to distinguish between differently sourced milk when you’re considering the ethical side of things as well. Grass-fed, pasture-raised cows are perfectly ethical sources of food, in my opinion.

    • Sherri

      It’s a good question. I would prefer to see human breast milk available in pasteurized form in supermarkets, since it’s what we were meant to drink. No one would think that was acceptable, I realize. Funny that cow’s milk has been marketed like crazy, and we eat cheese from sheep and goat’s milk. How about dog’s milk – just think, we could have fresh dog’s milk from our pets every morning.

      In all seriousness, we may have been doing it for hundreds of years, but that doesn’t make it good for us.

    • MARTIN

      Well, where in the Bible does it say you can’t and shouldn’t drink cows milk? I read something in the Bible that says: The riteious man regardeth the life of his beast…I believe this is to say you shouldn’t abuse any animal. About drinking cows milk, I don’t see any sin in it.

    • Steve

      I don’t think drinking milk is unnatural. The fact of the matter is that milk is for mammals. No matter what mammal produces the milk, we are designed to digest milk. So it must be natural to drink milk.

      You can read some interesting facts on this web site: http://www.crazymoos.com/is-it-natural-to-drink-milk/

      • z

        How does that even make any sense? Lots of animals are designed to digest milk (all mammals, actually), but you don’t see them sipping on milk after infancy. If we’re going to drink milk, at least let it be breastmilk or chimp milk, or something more biologically related to us. Cows come from completely different orders and their milk is intended to feed cattle that grow well over 1,000 lbs, not humans.


        Each animal has their d.n.a in it so why would you want to take in cow or any other animal d.n.a! If you want some milk. Drink some human milk or nut milk(almond, rice, soy). Some people just genetically screwed up to eat and drink any dam thing!