Dairy: Good or Bad?

So I’m not sure about you, but I have been hearing and reading a lot of things about the “no dairy diets” and going “dairy-free.” But why? And what does this actually entail? Growing up I always had to drink my milk at dinner and many mornings had cereal with milk. Have things changed since then or was I doing something terrible for my body growing up? So many questions…

I wouldn’t say things have changed since back then, but I would say we are more knowledgeable about dairy products and how they are made. One thing about milk that a lot people might not realize is that it is actually a processed product. Milk is filled with growth hormones and antibiotics used to make the cows lactate unnaturally. Even though this helps milk look white and creamy it is also to blame for skin problems, acne, allergies, inflammation in the body, and much more. Anything that the cow eats or is injected with is going to be in the milk as well. Not sure about you, but I personally don’t know what is going into each and every cow every single day. Little scary to tell you the truth.

One thing I was concerned about was calcium and how I was going to get enough without eating dairy. Well of course there is plenty of other ways besides dairy alone. On average 1 cup of milk has 296mg of calcium. Here are a few other ways to get your calcium intake that you need. Sesame Seeds -1/4cup(351mg), Spinach- 1cup(245mg), Collard Greens-1cup(266mg), Kelp -1cup(136mg), Tahini or Sesame Seed Butter-2tsp(126mg), Broccoli-2cups(124mg), Swiss Chard-1cup(102mg), Kale-1cup(94mg), Brazil Nuts – 12 nuts(90mg), Celery-2cups(81mg), Almonds – 23nuts(75mg), Papaya-1md(73mg), Flax Seeds-2Tbs(52mg), and Oranges-1md(52mg). Seeing there are many other ways to get my calcium I guess this is one reason I don’t necessarily NEED dairy in my diet.

Casein, have you ever heard of it? No? Me either until I began doing some research on this topic. Let me tell you it definitely opened my eyes! Casein is proteins that are commonly found in mammals milk with about 300% more in cow’s milk than in human’s milk. Casein has a variety of uses , from being a major component of cheese, to being used as a food additive, and even used as a binder for safety matches. As for food it has amino acids, carbs, calcium and phosphorus. Now for the kicker, here are the major uses of Casein. Paint, glue, cheesemaking, plastics, fiber, and protein supplements. Paint? Glue? Do I really want something in my body that is also used to make glue?

Going dairy-free may sound difficult depending on your lifestyle, but it’s not impossible. There are many substitutes for some of your favorite dairy products. Baking with milk is very common, but simply using equal parts water and juice will work just fine! There are also things like almond milk, oat milk, rice milk, soy milk, soy cheese, and non-dairy frozen desserts. Things have come a long way in our world today as far as organic and health foods available.

This info isn’t meant to draw you away from dairy products, but it is meant for you to take a good look at your lifestyle. Maybe you have discomfort, headaches, asthma, joint pain, bloating, gas, or an array of other symptoms and just aren’t sure why. Something as easy as less dairy or no dairy could be your fix. It might be something to look into.

So now what do you think…. Dairy: Good or Bad?

~ Your Health Dork ~