According to a report in The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition last year, children who are not exposed to either cow’s milk or the proteins found in milk products during infancy may have a lower risk of developing type 1 diabetes later in life.
The purpose of the study was not to determine whether or not cow’s milk was nutritious—the study was a part of a large international study called TRIGR (trial to reduce insulin-dependent diabetes mellitus in the genetically at risk). The women involved were encouraged to breastfeed, but those who then transitioned their infants to baby formula were given a specially prepared formula in which no intact cow’s milk proteins remained.
The study involved 230 infants and followed their progress from birth to 10 years of age. The pilot study indicated that those following the special feeding plan were 60 percent less likely to develop type 1 diabetes compared with those children who drank cow’s milk formula during infancy.
The study adds more support to what health advocates have known for decades—cow’s milk is not healthy! It also adds weight to the long-held theory that the proteins found in cow’s milk can trigger the production of antibodies that destroy a child’s insulin-producing cells.
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Posted by Robert Fry