Health – Casein, Small Ingredient, But Big Trouble!

It is becoming more and more necessary to carefully read the ingredients label on your packaged foods. If you are vegan, then you need to keep an eye out for the word casein. It is crucial to review and to learn about any new developments with ingredients.

The book, The China Study, by T. Colin Campbell, PhD., [1 Edition BenBella Books, Dallas, Texas, December 11, 2004] contains fascinating information on health and diet. If you have not read it, I would highly suggest you get a copy and read it from cover to cover.

Dr. Campbell explains the apparent link between the occurrence of cancer (and other diseases) and the consumption of animal protein. The following is an excerpt from page six of his book:

“It was important to understand not only whether but also how protein might promote cancer. …

“What we found was shocking. Low-protein diets inhibited the initiation of cancer by aflatoxin, regardless of how much of this carcinogen was administered to these animals. After cancer initiation was completed, low-protein diets also dramatically blocked subsequent cancer growth, In other words, the cancer-producing effects of this highly carcinogenic chemical were rendered insignificant by a low-protein diet. In fact, dietary protein proved to be so powerful in its effect that we could turn on and turn off cancer growth simply by changing the level consumed.

“Furthermore, the amounts of protein being fed were those that we humans routinely consume. We didn’t use extraordinary levels, as is so often the case in carcinogen studies.

“But that’s not all. We found that not all proteins had this effect. What protein consistently and strongly promoted cancer? Casein, which makes up 87 percent of cow’s milk protein, promoted all stages of the cancer process. What type of protein did not promote cancer, even at high levels of intake? The safe proteins were from plants, including wheat and soy.”

Casein is thick, coarse and often used to form the strongest glue known to man.

“Protein-based glues are durable and water-resistant. One type is casein glue, or milk glue, which can permanently bond porous materials like wood and paper. Casein glue has been used since antiquity; the Ancient Egyptians used it as an adhesive and paint medium.” Clare Edwards. Ms Edwards has been providing Internet content since 1998. She has written and translated for a variety of markets: everything from technical articles to short fiction and essays on alternative spirituality. She holds a certificate of higher education in electronics and audio arts from Middlesex University.

A recipe to make this super strong “casein glue” can be found at:

Casein is also a strong mucus-forming substance that can cause respiratory problems. There is 300 percent more casein in cow’s milk than in human milk. Due to this high amount of casein in the diet, the human respiratory system can become clogged and irritated. See

You can also find casein in some of the powdered soymilks. Fast foods often contain casein—and in seemingly unlikely places like French fries. The buns—and all baked goods whether from a fast-food restaurant or not for that matter—usually contain casein.

Foods that say “non-dairy” or appear to be non-dairy can actually contain casein, according to FAAN. This includes non-dairy whipped toppings. It also includes soy cheese, which is marketed as an alternative to dairy cheese, according to Mike Adams, editor of It might also be beneficial to get into the habit of reading the labels and watch out for artificial butter flavor and margarine.

Processed foods often contain casein. It will not always be labeled as such. Look out for milk solids, lactose, sodium lactylate, and any other ingredient that starts with “lact.” Even the vinegar flavoring in potato chips contains casein. There is also the risk of cross-contamination when products are made on equipment that has been used for another product that contains a milk ingredient. Watch the brands of the soy cheese and many of the milk powders, including coconut, that you choose because many of them also contain casein.

Many people are not concerned with the so-called little things, but it is often the little things with their hidden dangers that can lead to large health problems, so we need to exercise wisdom. We are fearfully and wonderfully made (Psalm 139:14) and Paul said, “ Know ye not that ye are the temple of God, and that the Spirit of God dwelleth in you? If any man defile the temple of God, him shall God destroy; for the temple of God is holy, which temple ye are.” I Corinthians 3:16, 17.