As you may have noticed, your grocery store shelves and coolers are creating more and more space for non-dairy milks which include different types such as: Almond, Cashew, Coconut, Hemp, Rice, Soy, Oat…. and the list is growing.
There’s even a well-known dairy farm company which has transitioned to a plant-based line of ‘nut milks’ or ‘milked nuts’ and is currently being mass marketed.
For vegans, this may feel like a victory but what about the rest of the population.
Most people are looking at the milk section (which used to be a quick and easy purchase on the way home from work) and are left wondering or lingering longer in that section trying to decide which one is the best.
So, why are these alternative milks flying off the shelf with their comparatively higher prices?
Thinking Outside the Box
Slowly but surely people are beginning to pay attention to how they physically feel while at the same time giving up on societal norms and typical food patterns.
I’m going to be bold here by saying, go ahead, keep drinking that cow’s milk if you truly believe it’s the best but before you do that let’s briefly look at some data.
More than half of the American population is dairy intolerant or lactose intolerant. This means that they have physical irritations due to the consumption of cow’s milk and other dairy products including cheese, ice cream…etc. Keep in mind that many people have symptoms but do not correlate those with eating habits.
I challenge you to find out…can humans actually digest and/or assimilate the nutrient’s in dairy? Do we have the enzyme in our gut to do so?
Dairy vs. Plant Based ‘Milk’
Nutritionfacts.org explains that milk lacks fiber and antioxidants which is lacking in the Standard American Diet (S.A.D.) but instead has casein, saturated fat, cholesterol, trans fats and endotoxins – “all of which may raise the risk of inflammation, heart disease, diabetes, and cancer.”
There are actually quite a few studies that link casein from dairy to different forms of cancer including prostate cancer. Also, “cheese contains casein fragments called casomorphins, a casein-derived morphine-like compound. Basically, dairy protein has opiate molecules built in. When consumed, these fragments attach to the same brain receptors that heroin and other narcotics attach to.” – Forbes.com (6.26.2017)
For more on that check out Mic The Vegan’s video: The Science of Cheese Addiction.
If we actually look into the dairy industry itself, their practices are very inhumane. In order to produce large quantities of dairy for mass production, cows succumb to being separated from their calves or mothers, fed substandard grains and hooked up to machines.
Although ‘grass fed’ and ‘free-range’ are popular terms within the organic shopping market, these farming techniques are not sustainable for the 7 billion people on this planet.
Speaking of our population, we keep hearing on the news that Americans are overweight. Cow’s milk is produced for calves so that they grow quickly into an adult cow.
“Cows’ milk is meant to help a calf grow very rapidly indeed, reaching 47-63 stone (300-400kg) within a year. We, on the other hand, take about 18 years to reach adult weight.” – Viva.org.uk
Human breast milk is nothing like cow’s milk. While I can certainly appreciate that less than 100 years ago, dairy was a luxury during famine and helped many mother’s provide nutrients for their children. But in America today, we are getting fatter and sicker not the other way around.
For Profit or For Your Health
To top it all off, the Dairy Industry sponsors many of the nutrition education programs provided to nurses, doctors and the school systems. In my opinion, that is a huge conflict of interest. Big Cow, as some call it, is ‘for-profit’ not pro-health.
I urge you to do your research and be open to trying new foods that may possibly provide you with a better quality of life through healthy eating and proper nutrition.
Would you like to learn more? Book your next consult with me. It is my pleasure to assist you in learning new ways to improve your overall health and well-being.
Until then, be well always!