Dairy is a controversial topic. I’m going stay away from the ethical, religious, and political aspects for the sake of this argument and just give you some information for you to make educated decisions if and how much consuming it.
Have you ever stopped to think about how we are the only mammals that drink milk after infancy? What about the fact that we are also the only species to drink another species milk? Although we were lead to believe that dairy is good for us truth is, that it is likely robbing you of better health. If you suffer with:
dairy could be the culprit. In fact, over 75 percent of humans on the planet are unable to properly process milk because they don’t produce the lactase enzyme, which is required to break down lactose, a sugar found in milk. Beside this, when we consume milk and its derivate we are basically ingesting antibiotics and growth hormones that are given to cows in order to reduce their risk of illness and maximize production. What about milk being a great source of calcium? Dairy actually acidifies the body’s pH. When the body’s pH become too acidic, minerals are pulled out of bones and tissues to compensate, leading to osteoporosis, sarcopenia (muscle loss), fractures and kidney stone formation and possibly diabetes, high blood pressure, heart disease, thyroid problems, cancer and other insidious conditions.
Our natural state is to be lactose intolerant and by consuming dairy we are going against our body’s nature, causing inflammation in our bodies, which will lead us to battle major health issues down the line. Even though goat milk and sheep’s milk are much easier to tolerate they have similar lactose content to cow’s milk so the effect on our body is the same. Don’t panic! Luckily for you, there are many milk alternative products right now on the market, like rice milk, almond milk, cashew milk, coconut milk. Just make sure to read the labels for harmful ingredients or sugars; I always buy the unsweetened version, with only few natural ingredients. There are also many other great non-dairy sources of calcium. My favorites 10 are:
- Almond cheese
- Almond, hemp and coconut milk
- Collard Greens
- Sesame seeds
So please, don’t get blind eyed from your love for cheese. If you are concerned about your calcium intake know that the recommended daily dosage is 1,000 mg a day for men and women up to the age of 50, and 1,200 mg per day for people age 50 and up. Since it is hard to reach this amount of calcium a day from only foods I personally use calcium supplements to help meet the need not as a replacement from food, but as a way to supplement my diet.
If you are still considering to consume dairy, here is a 5 minutes video that tells you everything you need to know about milk and its production.