Hellenic medicine and nutrition used only Goat milk products like yogurt and cheese. They did not drink cow milk, they believed it was barbaric. Why would they choose to use goat milk over cow milk to make cheese or yogurt?
Goats’ milk was found to help with the digestive and metabolic utilization of minerals such as iron, calcium, phosphorus and magnesium. Goat milk has more beneficial properties to health than cow milk. Among these properties it helps to prevent ferropenic anaemia (iron deficiency) and bone demineralisation – softening of the bones.
Link to article in sciencedaily.
Growing evidence is showing that calcium in milk does not protect against osteoporosis. For example in a 12-year Harvard study of 78,000 women, those who drank milk three times a day actually broke more bones than women who rarely drank milk. Similarly, a 1994 study in Sydney, Australia, showed that higher dairy product consumption was associated with increased fracture risk: those with the highest dairy consumption had double the risk of hip fracture compared to those with the lowest consumption.
Author Russell Eaton says: ‘Dairy milk does increase bone density, but this comes at a terrible price. The latest research is showing that far from protecting bones, milk actually increases the risk of osteoporosis by eroding bone-making cells. Also, people with osteoporosis have a much higher incidence of heart disease and cancer, and the evidence is pointing at milk as the common factor.
Link to article in news-medical.net
How did Hellenic medicine and nutrition figure this out 2,500 years before us?
Looks like we still have a lot to learn from the the ancient Hellenic culture and medicine.
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