I’ve been asked many times of the past couple of years why I don’t think Dairy is good for our systems. I usually find it very difficult to answer.
Yesterday, I read a post from our good friend Kris Carr regarding this exact topic.
Please check it out if you’d like to learn more about this topic (here are a couple of points from the post that really make sense to me – to each their own!)
While the protein in human milk is designed for human bodies, much of the protein in cow’s milk is difficult for humans to digest. In addition, the over-consumption of this protein can lead to serious health conditions. Dr. T. Colin Campbell, professor emeritus of nutritional biochemistry at Cornell University, found that the protein that consistently creates and promotes cancer is casein, which makes up about 87 percent of the protein in cow’s milk. According to Dr. Campbell, a diet that contains more than 10 percent protein (that’s about 50 grams of protein if you’re consuming 2,000 calories per day) can lead to the little “c.” Guess what? Americans eat way more than that (an average of 17 percent total protein, of which 12 to 13 percent is animal-based!).
How about tummy pain, gas and bloating? Well, there may be a good reason for your belly’saching. According to the American Academy of Family Physicians, around 75 percent of the world’s adults can’t digest milk (they’re lactose-intolerant). Among some populations, such as Native Americans and Asians, the figure is close to 100 percent. Beyond childhood, most people stop producing the enzyme lactase, which is needed to digest lactose (the sugar in milk). Yeah, your body thinks you should wean, too. I’ve never met someone who didn’t feel better once they removed dairy from their diet. Sorry folks, but all good things come to an end.
But, where will I get calcium?
This is probably the most frequently asked question when talking about going dairy-free. Good news! Nature’s best calcium sources are dark leafy greens such as kale, collards, mustard greens, and turnip greens.
I know this can be a heated debate sometimes and everyone is entitled to their own opinion. I believe this article sums up the way I feel about Dairy. I found out I was lactose intolerant about 10 years ago and I’ve felt much better and my body definitely thanks me!
Let us know your thoughts in the comments, I’d love to know what everyone thinks, thanks!
Lots of love,