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Today, we are going to explore why dairy is scary and best to be avoided. Each milk type is naturally designed to meet the nutritional requirements needed for a baby’s optimal growth. Thus, it is plain to see that cow’s milk is not suited for human consumption. For example, it contains twice the protein of human milk and a unique amino acid called leucine that stimulates muscle protein synthesis. High amounts of leucine and protein in milk cause a calf to double its birth weight in around 40 days. Human breast milk has less protein, and a baby takes about 180 days to double its birth weight. A human baby needs less protein, but more fat, during the early stages of infancy when their energy is primarily focused on developing the brain, spinal cord and nerves, instead of muscle. Now let’s examine cow’s milk’s effects on grownups. Lactose is the main carbohydrate or sugar in milk, and a staggering number - 3 out of 4 adults - in the world are unable to break down the substance, a condition commonly known as lactose intolerance. People who are lactose intolerant will have indigestion upon consuming dairy products. Symptoms may include nausea, vomiting, and diarrhea. We now turn to the logical solution, which is to ditch dairy. One of the most commonly asked questions is: How do we get our calcium if not from milk? Studies show that even though milk and dairy products seem to contain a certain level of calcium, people who consume high amounts of cow’s milk have a significantly higher mortality and bone fracture rate than those who drink little to no milk. In the US, the Recommended Dietary Allowance (RDA) for adults each day is 1000 milligrams, the UK’s National Health Service advises a daily intake of 700 milligrams, and the World Health Organization recommends 500 milligrams of calcium per day. These amounts can easily be obtained through a vegan or animal-free diet.