Got Milk? Almost every celebrity, athlete, politician, musician, and public figure has displayed the ‘white mustache’.  After all, drinking milk only makes you healthy and strong, right?

Milk- No Diets Allowed

10 reasons why you’ve been deceived!

 

1) Most milk goes through some type of processing or alteration such as homogenization or pasteurization.  These processes compromise the milk’s quality and interfere with calcium absorption.

 

2) When homogenized, milk becomes very powerful and efficient at bypassing normal digestive processes and delivering steroid and protein hormones to the human body (both your hormones and the cow’s natural hormones and the ones they may have been injected with to produce more milk).  Check out this link to learn more!

 

3) Humans are the only species to frequently continue drinking milk after infancy.

 

4) 60% of adults can’t digest milk.  The enzyme lactase which breaks down the main sugar in milk, lactose, usually stops being produced between the ages of two and five.  This leaves the undigested sugars to ferment in the colon creating very unpleasant symptoms such as gas, cramping, bloating, nausea, constipation and/or diarrhea.

 

5) Countries with the highest milk consumption are the countries with the highest levels of osteoporosis.

 

6) There are plenty of plant-based foods—including green leafy vegetables (like broccoli, kale and collards) and beans—that are excellent sources of calcium which the body is much better equipped to absorb.

 

7) Chronic constipation in children is related to milk consumption.

 

8) The most popular form of calcium found in milk, calcium carbonate, which is not even absorbed well.  Calcium citrate is the best absorbed supplemental form of calcium.

 

9) I lived in Hong Kong for 3 years and Taiwan for 1.5 years.  Milk consumption is NOT part of those countries regular diet.  Since Japan, Hong Kong, Korea, Taiwan, and Singapore rank higher than the United States on being the healthiest countries and also have a higher life expectancy, I think it’s safe to say maybe Americans should follow some of their food and lifestyle choices.

 

10) The bottom line is that today’s milk may contain assorted drugs and antibiotics, pesticides from treated grains, bacteria from infected animals, and genetically engineered growth hormones, in addition to being chemically altered into something that is incompatible with our bodies.

 

Milk Substitutes- No Diets AllowedGreat options for substituting milk

 

1) Almond Milk comes in plain, vanilla, and chocolate flavors.  It has 50% more calcium than milk and is also a good source of protein and fiber.  It’s naturally sweet and great for baking, drinking alone, or having with cereal.

 

2) Coconut Milk also has the options of plain, vanilla, or chocolate flavors.  In addition to also having 50% more calcium than milk, coconut milk contains lots of ‘good’ fats.  It’s packed with Medium Chain Fatty Acids which can reduce abdominal obesity and diminishing fat storage.  It’s creamy texture is great for baking and cooking.  It’s not my favorite to drink alone, BUT I do love adding it to oatmeal and soups.

 

3) Hemp Milk is rich, smooth, and creamy coming in a variety of options and flavors.  It’s a great source of calcium and protein.  Similar to coconut milk, it’s great for baking and cooking.

 

4) Rice Milk also comes with a variety of flavors.  It’s not as nutrition packed as the previous options, BUT it’s still a great source of calcium.  Along with almond milk, I do enjoy drinking this alone or having it with cereal.

 

5) Flaxmilk has about the same amount of calcium as regular milk.  It is packed with Omega 3s and also tastes great.

 

6) Soy Milk is usually my last resort for milk substitution.  Soy milk MUST be non-GMO verified and organic in order to receive all the potential health benefits.  Also, some people have allergies or sensitivities to soy.  With that all said, it is a great creamy substitute for baking, drinking alone, and having with cereal.

 

What are your thoughts on the issue?  Does or doesn’t milk do your body good?

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