Ever since we were children and our parents scolded us for having too many sweets and not being allowed to have that second milkshake when we were out for dinner, we have longed for the day that we receive the independence to make our own food choices that would just be filled with sugar, spice and everything nice.
However, puberty came along and with it all its undercover double agents: pimples, weight gain, and hormonal changes. Due to society’s depiction of beauty we became more body and image conscious, and as a result, we realized that eating all those things that once made us giddy as girls, will only cause us a lot of discomfort and weight gain in the future.
So when the news came that the latest diet known as the milkshake diet only asks that you replace two meals a day with milkshakes – the magical miracle that provided immediate ecstasy for us as children – most of us probably jumped up and down at the opportunity to take part in it. Let’s be honest, all women want to be able to eat anything without the anxiety of gaining weight and here is a diet offering just that – at least that’s what I thought.
However after doing some research, I came to the conclusion that perhaps this is one of those cases where the fantasy being spun sounds better than the truth. Unfortunately, this is just too good to be true and here are four reasons why:
1. Got milk?
We all know that the main ingredient in milkshakes is dairy. In order to get that smooth and thick consistency, we have to pour in huge dashes of milk and scoop up horrendous heaps of ice cream. However, do we really know what is in milk?
In order to keep up with the demand for dairy products, the cows are genetically manipulated with a substance called rBGH; this is done to allow the cow to produce ten times the amount of milk that they would normally produce. These hormones are then indirectly distributed in the bodies of all those who consume these dairy products – no wonder many people often find themselves feeling bloated and in pain.
Did you know that pasteurized milk also contain 750,000 somatic cells per ml? If you do not know what somatic cells are, let me remind you. Do you remember those zits you suffered from as a teenager? Well, they contain a yellow-white substance known as pus, or for a more scientific name – somatic cells. In other words, we have been drinking pus in our long, tall glasses, and eating heaps of it with some sprinkles and a cherry on top.
If you are wondering about your daily calcium intake – why not opt for something like soy, rice, coconut or almond milk, which has about 50% more calcium than diary milk. These options have also not been linked to osteoporosis, skin diseases and cancer.