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Did you Know??
Pasteurizing dairy technically makes it “unclean”. The only milk that is true to it’s original form is raw milk – straight from the cow. <— but… most of us aren’t heading out to the farm to milk our day’s supply of milk
AND… we live in a world of rules, regulations, and health mandates. In many states, raw milk isn’t even legal. So the best alternative is organic, whole dairy products. <— yep. organic WHOLE milk is the least processed option available to most of us.
If your milk products aren’t organic – they’re likely made from cows treated with hormones and/or are corn fed. <— Grass fed > Corn Fed. So…
Local & Organic Milk from grass fed cows is the gold standard, but organic milk is the next best thing.
Did you know??
Low fat or skim dairy products are actually more processed than whole dairy products. Why? …
When the fat is removed from these products – often sugars, carbohydrates or other additives are included to compensate for the flavor and texture lost. This makes low-fat and skim products more foreign to your body and therefore difficult to digest. Removing the fat from dairy products removes the essential nutrients that lead you to drink milk in the first place. So trying to cut back on your fat intake here is doing your body more harm than good. So take the plunge – purchase WHOLE milk!
Summary: If your milk isn’t whole and organic.. toss it
Also… get real butter! From Organic, grass fed cows… same guidelines as above 🙂
There are a variety of reasons why you may be avoiding dairy – here are a couple:
- You have an allergy or an intolerance to dairy
- Some food experts & dietitians say that there is no nutritional requirement for consuming these products… after all we are the only mammal that drinks another mammals milk. From an evolutionary standpoint – the fact that we consume cows milk does seem odd, yes? These nutritionists and food experts also argue that any nutrients found in cows milk can just as easily be consumed from fresh vegetables, fruits, nuts, seeds, meats, and sea foods.
So… if you’re shopping for a dairy alternative… here are the FACTS:
The honest truth, is that there aren’t many alternatives currently available that meet 100% clean eating standards. The only truly clean option is caned coconut milk. Other non-dairy alternatives found in cartons or in the refrigerator section (hemp, almond, cashew, coconut etc.) include additives… most of which are vitamins to fortify the product.
Dairy alternatives provide a convenient source of calcium, vitamin D and other nutrients – but depending on how strict you’d like to be about having a clean diet… the gold standard would be to avoid these products all together (with the exception of canned coconut milk).
Bottom Line: Decide what’s best for you and what YOU are comfortable with. Read the ingredient label and decide where to draw your line. I personally drink and love coconut, almond and hemp milk. I also enjoy cooking with a combination of almond and coconut milks. My personal belief is to exist in balance and to consume all products in moderation. That’s what works for me and my personal belief system… what works for you??
I sincerely hope that someday… a cleaner version of my coconut, hemp and almond milks will be available 🙂
Also… If you’re going to regularly consume one of these products, it’s best to select un-sweetened ones to avoid added sugars.