Casein is a key component of dairy products and some important non food products. It’s widely used in most industries to create plastics, paints, glues and other forms of adhesives. Casein is also utilized to process foods. It is a kind of food preservative and an additive as well. Dairy products such as formula milk, processed milk, cheeses, creams, yogurt, and many more contain casein. There have been many speculations about the effects of casein in human’s health. Aside from allergy, it is also said that casein promotes cancer.
What is casein (and casein cancer)?
Casein is a kind of milk protein. Most of the casein formulas used today in food and non food industries are extracted from animal milk such as cow, goat, and sheep milk. 85% of animal milk is composed of casein and human milk does contain casein too. And that leads us to casein cancer:
There are no scientific studies yet that confirm casein cancer. Casein is not a carcinogen therefore it doesn’t cause cancer. However, various researches pointed out that casein promotes cancer. According to clinical findings, casein can encourage he proliferation of cancer. It speeds up the growth of cancer cells or the pre cancer cells known as foci.
It was an expert from Cornell University, Dr. T. Collin Campbell, who first made a study on the connection of casein with cancer, short ‘casein cancer’. He explained how casein proteins promote cancer propagation in the human body as well as the correlation of animal proteins with human diseases. According to scientists, too much protein in the body is harmful to one’s health. A study pointed out that people only need about 10 percent of animal protein in their daily diet and those who consume too much of protein have higher risk of getting cancer than those who don’t. This could be another reason why people who eat more of vegetables than meat end up healthier. Though it is true that vegetables contain protein, the proteins found in these plants are not the same with those of the animals and vegetable protein do not promote cancer; instead, it helps reduce it. Casein cancer is a tricky affair.
Do note, that casein allergy do NO lead to casein cancer.
For people who have cancer or for those who want to avoid cancer and those who have history of cancer should as much as possible avoid food containing casein. It’s okay to eat tem once in a while but not always. People should always remember the old cliché about health- prevention is far better than cure.