Dairy or no Dairy

Dairy or no Dairy

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Today I will write about dairy, its effects on health and why a substitute may be a good idea.
Most people out there have dairy in their daily diets. They have grown up on dairy, and so have I.
However, around 75% of the world’s population are lactose intolerant by now. That means they can not tolerate the lactose in milk as their bodies can not break it down.
But it is not just that factor that causes problems.
As I mentioned in the last newsletter, any dairy product can be GMO, because the stock has been fed on GMO produce.
Dairy causes mucus build up for a lot of people (me included).
These days most milk contains hormones and antibiotics.
The casein within milk promotes the deterioration of the gut lining. This can lead to stomach cramps, gas, bloating….IBS symptoms
Some people may also experience acne, or other skin issues.
Now, the following is only my personal opinion.
Again, I believe that it is the way that mild is processed and stored and tampered with nowadays that is causing all these issues. On raw milk even those that have serious issues with milk in general have a way higher tolerance here. But it is a very sensitive topic, and not what I want to get into at this stage.
So, lets keep moving on.
The fact that it contains calcium and is good for your bones, is true. Shame though in particular skim milk actually robs your body of stored calcium, because it is acidic to the body, and the body uses calcium to keep itself alkaline. Also, there are so many other things we can ingest with more calcium per serve than dairy: Sesame seeds for example are one of the highest source of calcium out there. So if it is calcium you are after, get some Thahini into you 🙂
But also greens and nuts are higher in calcium.
Which brings me to milk alternatives.
Big choice out there nowadays.
First up, if you, for whatever reason do not want to give up on animal dairy, try Goats Milk. Often better tolerated than cows milk.
Other options are

  • Almond Milk: Is naturally low in calories and has a light, slightly nutty taste. Watch out for hidden added sugars to enhance taste! Common culprits are agave syrup, cane sugar or rice syrup.
  • Oat milk: Low in saturated fat, with a good amount of protein, more watery consistency. However, this milk may not be suitable for those who are gluten intolerant.
  • Soy milk: The most popular alternative that has been readily adopted at most cafés, soy milk has a much thicker consistency and is high in protein. Just be aware that unless it’s Australian Certified Organic, it is most likely GMO!
  • Rice milk: Has an extremely watery consistency, and is considered the most hypoallergenic. Contains a high amount of natural sugars as well. If money is an issue this is your best choice though.
    • Coconut milk: Very rich milk with a thicker consistency, coconut milk is full of flavor and high in fat.

Here is a comparison chart of some brands you can buy in our supermarkets
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As you can see, the alternatives stack up very well against your dairy.
Have an open mind and give it a shot.
I have been on Rice Milk / Almond Milk for a good 2 years now. I used to wake up with a snotty nose every morning…not anymore!!!

When it comes to Yogurt, there are a few coconut options out by now, and soy has been around for a while, but again GMO may be an issue.
Personally I juts go for a good bio-dynamic organic Yogurt and that seems to work fine for me.
As I am not a big cheese person, there is not much I can say about cheese. All I know is that because of the bacteria involvement of cheese production, the body reacts very different to it.

In general, as with anything else you buy from the shops, check the ingredient list.
Avoid added sugars in any form or shape, added preservatives and colors.

Now go out and have your first Almond, Rice or Coconut Latte and tell me what you think 😀

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