Although, dairy products and eggs are not produced by slaughtering animals, you should not overlook the maltreatment animals go through in the production process and negative effects it has on the human body.

Research shows that organic cows are milked three times a day and are expected to produce 10 times more milk than they would naturally. This intense burden on the cow’s metabolism make them highly susceptible to infections, especially when udder becomes raw from constant milking.

In addition to the abuse of cows for dairy, chickens also endure suffering for their eggs. The wire mesh of the cage where the chickens are kept for the manufacturing of eggs rubs off their feathers, chafed their skin, and causes their feet to become crippled. A study published in poultry science highlights that “high production hens structural bone is mobilized throughout the laying period in order to contribute to the formation of eggshell”. Chickens can live for more than a decade, however, hens raised for the production of eggs only, are exhausted and their egg production begins to die when they are about 2 years of age.

The scientist, Ganmaa Davaasambuu, M.D., Ph.D., noted that ingestion of natural estrogens from cows (particularly from pregnant cows) in milk may be linked to breast, prostate, and testicular cancers in humans. In addition to the increase of cancer many humans have difficulty digesting dairy. Approximately 75 percent of the human population has a reduced ability to digest lactose after infancy. Lactose intolerance is due to not enough of the enzyme lactase in the small intestines to break lactose down into glucose and galactose. If majority of Nigerians are naturally lactose intolerant why do they continue to consume milk?

The risk associated with consuming eggs include high cholesterol and salmonella contamination. Some association studies show ill health effects of eating eggs, such as higher risk of heart disease, diabetes and cancer.

The real question we should ask ourselves is wouldn't we rather make wise food choices now to stay healthy for the future? With so many varieties of nut milk and cruelty free alternatives the answer is simple.