Moove over Dairy?
“Milk is for babies.”
It’s no surprise dairy is such a controversial topic. The dairy industry is home to the big bucks (no pun intended), so wherever money goes propaganda surely follows. Now before we continue for the Dairy debate. Remember… don’t have a cow man (whilst reading this. Yes, the pun is intended)!!!!
Why Dairy is Good.
Milk: A good source of protein, milk is also high in nutrients such as vitamin A & B, calcium, phosphorous, magnesium, protein, zinc and riboflavin and even carbohydrates.
Cheese: Cheese contains good protein and valuable sources of vitamin B2, riboflavin and calcium. Be careful though. Vegetarians who eat lots of cheese in place of meat to get enough protein also get much bad fat and calories. So if you eat cheese, eat it in moderation.
Yogurt: An excellent source of protein, calcium, vitamin B-2, B-12, potassium, and magnesium and high in active, good bacteria, yogurt can offer many health benefits.
Being able to include egg and egg whites, cottage cheese, yogurt, cheese and milk to your diet, in other words being a lacto-vegetarian will dramatically boost your protein options and make your life as in vegetarian fitness a lot easier.
Why Dairy is Bad.
“It’s not natural for humans to drink cow’s milk. Human’s milk is for humans. Cow’s milk is for calves. You have no more need of cow’s milk than you do rat’s milk, horse’s milk or elephant’s milk. Cow’s milk is a high fat fluid exquisitely designed to turn a 65 lb. baby calf into a 400 lb. cow. That’s what cow’s milk is for!”
Dr Michael Klaper MD
Cow’s milk is the food source for a calves… and they will only drink it until weaned.[showmyads] Humans are the only animals to drink the milk of another species, and we are also the only species to drink milk past infancy. Just a little perverse when you think about it, doesn’t it?
Unfortunately a lot of what we know about cow’s milk and dairy is in tune to the song sung by the dairy industry. Most of us have strong attachments to milk due to the emotions they capture during their marketing when we were children. There is a growing community that believes dairy products are considered a separate food group (instead of being included with the other animal products) not because of their nutritional advantage, but due to the lobbying of the dairy industry.
Sure dairy taste delicious, but sometimes conventional thinking really can leave a sour taste in your mouth.
What Are Some Alternative Dairy Sources?
There are alternatives when it comes to “milk” and “cheese” products.
Now most people ask at this point about where, then, will they get their calcium intake from.
Let’s look at a different approach here. [showmyads]Where do you think cows get their calcium from?! From plants. When they eat plants they digest a large amount of magnesium which is necessary to absorb and use calcium. Unfortunately, this is not the case when you drink dairy.
If you have a lot of dairy, just know their are other options. One good way to start is with milk alternatives. Below are three of the finer tasting alternative milk products. Once you learn, adapt and love milk and cheese alternatives, you’ll notice some really awesome benefits. If you can’t give it up completely, please try for four to six weeks and afterwards use in “moderation”.
Soy milk is made by soaking soybeans and grinding them with water. The fluid which results after straining them is called soy milk. Plain soy milk is very nutritious: it is an excellent source of high quality proteins, isoflavones and B-vitamins.
Isoflavones can decrease the risk of menopausal symptoms, heart disease and osteoporosis. [showmyads]During the menopausal transition, there is a natural decrease in ovarian estrogen production. This decline in hormone production is associated with a heart rate increase and an increase in palpitation frequency and non-threatening arrhythmia’s, such as premature ventricular contractions (PVCs). The isoflavones in soy milk (and other soy products) help diminish menopausal heart palpitations and hot flashes. Isoflavones are phytochemicals – non-nutritive substances found in plants. They protect us from diseases when they are in our body. The isoflavones are also especially good for preventing cancer .
Soy milk is free of the milk sugar (lactose) and is a great choice for people who are lactose intolerant. However, in most of the large manufactures, there are too many GMO soybeans and bad environmental impacts which can cause some possible undesirable estrogen effects to pregnancies and males. Although I personally think not enough research has been done, go organic to avoid this possibility.
As the name suggests, rice milk is dairy free milk made from… yes, you’ve guess it, rice.[showmyads] Like soy milk, rice milk is low in fat and unlike cow’s milk, it contains no cholesterol and is lactose free, making it good for the heart.
It is an excellent source of vitamin E and magnesium, as well as manganese and selenium. Rice milk also contains an abundance of flavonoids. Flavonoids offer protection to the heart and can help to reduce the risk of strokes. Rice milk may be sweetened with sugar and some manufacturers use vanilla to make rice milk taste more like cow’s milk. However, rice milk generally tastes sweeter than cow’s milk as it does have a natural sweetness to it.
Almond milk is a milk substitute made from finely ground almonds and water. Almond milk is also strained to remove skins and sediment. Almond milk, unlike rice milk, contains a diverse array of essential vitamins and minerals. Almond milk contains magnesium, selenium, manganese, potassium, fibre, iron, zinc, phosphorous, calcium and vitamin E. Because of the high levels of vitamins and minerals that occur naturally in almonds, almond milk manufacturers see little need to fortify the beverage.
Remarkably, the high levels of antioxidant vitamin E in almond milk make it effective in the prevention of cancer and can slow the signs of aging. Hands down, all alternatives are better than cow’s milk. All alternatives also tend now to be further vitamin enriched to add added value. But the stand out winner for palpitations, due to its naturally enriched nutrients, is almond milk (and personally it tastes the best, although I enjoy all three alternatives).
The decision is yours- but remember milk can come from other sources than cows. In many cultures, when one mentions milk, cows milk is not what one associates first (nor is cat’s milk. If you’ve seen ‘Meet the Parents’ you’ll understand this joke).
From goats milk to almond milk, their is an vast array of nutritious and tasty options that you may find hit the taste buds better. Try the alternatives even if just for variety. You may find a taste that moooves you to another option. Sorry, bad pun… just milking all the jokes I can get.