Let's Talk About "Milk"
Got Milk? Cow’s milk makes you strong, it’s the only way to ensure strong bones, and it’s crucial for human development.
False. We’ve been fed these statements for years, being conditioned to believe that that white, creamy liquid we use on cereal, in coffee, drink plain, and bake with is the gold standard of health. In past years, we are learning more and more about cow’s milk, and turns out–it’s not that great for us after all.
So, we know that many conventional dairy products contain antibiotics, right? This is an issue for a multitude of reasons, but mainly because of this resistance a person builds up every time he or she drinks a glass of cow’s milk. Did you know that a single glass of cow's milk can contain over 20 different chemicals, along with pain killers and anti-inflammatories? Whatever the cows are given, we are consuming when we consume their milk. Many people, especially those with auto-immunity concerns, are dealing with some degree of leaky gut. If this is you, and you consume milk with ibupropen, antibiotics, niflumic acid, ketoprophen, etc… these substances are sneaking through your gut wall into the rest of your body. Even if you don’t have leaky gut, do you really want to be consuming a cow’s second hand pain meds? Eh, we can think of more delicious and nutritious options.
Grocery stores are filled with replacements for milk these days, and many of them are tasty and give our bodies a nutritional boost. If you really can’t live without milk from an animal, opt for a raw, organic sheep or goats milk. They taste a bit different, but contain probiotics, omega-3 fatty acids, protein, calcium, magnesium, and K2. If you still reaaalllyyy want cows milk, just look for an organic, grass-fed milk from a company that you trust (or even better-a farmers market), and drink it in moderation.
Non-dairy milk elicits an eye roll from many. If you haven’t already, give it a try. You will probably be pleasantly surprised. You could try hemp milk, rice milk, cashew milk, and a few others. Our personal favorites are almond milk and coconut milk.
Coconut milk is our number one because of its creaminess, versatility, and remarkable nutritional profile. If you are someone with food allergies, coconut milk is probably your best option. Medium chain fatty acids in this “milk” are believed to be antifungal, antibacterial, and antiviral. It comes in carton and boxes for everyday use, and the canned version is a delicious addition to soups, sauces, baked goods, and you can even make a dairy free whipped cream out of it! Almond milk is another nutrient packed, dairy free option to consider. It’s creamy, so good in smoothies and cereal, and contains 50% of your daily vitamin D value.
Want to make your own "nut milk" at home? All you need is some nutz, water, and one of these! You can also add cinnamon, nutmeg, honey, chocolate... anything really!
What's your favorite kind of "milk"? Let us know in the comments below!