course”, while a lactose intolerant person might beg to differ. On thing is certain, the human body needs protein, calcium and a long list of other vitamins and minerals found in milk. The problem lies in the milk sugar, lactose, that most adults lose the ability to digest. Milk is for infants and every other animal weens their young of milk except for humans. We switch from mother’s to cow’s milk which we use to make cheese, butter, and ice cream. Mornings would not be complete with out a bowl or cereal or a cup of coffee and you guessed it, milk.
June is National Dairy month and so in the interest of nutrition I ask, “Should humans really be drinking cow’s milk?” It would seem not. Milk is supposed to be the best stuff on earth. But most of the milk that we drink has been fortified. Once milk goes through the pasteurization process much of the natural nutrition is either lost or diminished. As a result there is a small movement that believes that raw milk is better.
For me, it boils down to a simple question of can I get the same nutrients from other sources. The answer is yes. Many of which turn out to be better sources than our beloved milk. If you are trying to decide if you should keep dairy in your diet or find suitable replacements. Here a few things to consider:
- Is there another good source of calcium that you can eat several times a week?
- Can you live without cheese, butter and ice cream?
- Are you willing to try drinking and cooking with milk made from soy or almonds?
Milk is a staple of the American diet. It’s up there with wheat, corn, and beef. Remove dairy products and you lose a lot of the richness and flavor of food. With the exception of those who are lactose intolerant, milk won’t hurt you. In the final analysis it becomes a matter of preference and deciding where you want your nutrition to come from. If you’re wanting to ween yourself from dairy, here’s a few things you can start doing today.
The Little Things You Can Do Today
- Try frying eggs in olive oil instead of butter.
- Try using almond milk or soy milk in your cereal.
- Eat fruit sorbet instead of ice cream.
- Fall in love with broccoli, beans, spinach and salmon; as sources of calcium.
- Eat meat so you’ll get plenty of protein.
Instead of trying to change all at once, choose a few things to do first. Once you’ve had success with those things then add a few more.
Until Next Week,
Nicole D.P. McLaughlin, P.T.
- Dairy farmers disagree on sales of raw milk (wiscnews.com)
- Why eat dairy free? (cavegirlblogs.com)
- Still Eating and Drinking Dairy?? You Need to Read This (secretsofthefed.com)