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Alternative Dairy… No to the Moo

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photo (32)The number of people in the UK who cannot tolerate cows milk is approximately 12 million and rising; don’t you think its crazy that cow’s milk is pushed as the main dairy source in most supermarkets?

Many people who find out they cannot tolerate dairy automatically cut ALL dairy out of their diets.  An intolerance can show itself in many ways, digestive discomfort, eczema and sinus congestion are the most common with a dairy intolerance.  Here are some of the reasons why this maybe happening:

The average cow is given growth hormones, antibiotics, GMO feed, and vaccinations, it is no wonder that many humans experience negative effects from consuming their milk. Also most cow’s milk is pumped full of bovine growth hormones as well as a substance known as bovine somatotropin, a hormone specific for increasing milk production in an unnatural way.

Some might say we shouldn’t be eating the milk from another animal anyway but there are some great health benefits from the milk products of other species… Now coming from personal experience here, I would suggest those of you have cut All dairy from your diet due to an intolerance might want to reconsider adding back in a little dairy in the form of Goat or Sheep milk products, to not only see if you can tolerate these products but also to benefit from the awesome nutrition they can give you. Here is why:

Is your mum a four-legged half-tonne pasture animal? Yeah, mine neither. Cows milk is designed to help a calf grow into said half-tonne pasture animal! Now Goat & Sheep proportionately are not too disimilar in size to us… and the fat globules in Goat and Sheep milk are much smaller which make it far easier to digest, (projected growth is not aimed at turning us into half-tonne pasture animals!) and the milk they produce is much closer to human milk than cow’s milk.

Because of being on the fringes of big agriculture, goat’s/sheep’s milk is not only more nutritious for you, but also less toxic – they are rarely treated with hormones to increase milk production.

Want more convincing? Goat/Sheep milk is a natural anti inflammatory, calcium rich, and anti-mucousal (so less mucous!) and a good source of protein, phosphorus, riboflavin (vitamin B2) and potassium.

Woodlands Dairy products are particularly delicious and fantastic! Check out their Natural Sheep’s Yoghurt: http://www.woodlandsdairy.co.uk/our-range.php

There are also many fantastic Goat milk products from St Helen’s Farm, most recently I have delighted in discovering their Goat butter which is truly magnificent! http://www.sthelensfarm.co.uk/default.asp

Moving on from the humble Goat and Sheep there are more options to think about too that are equally as awesome – ever had Coconut Milk, Almond Milk or Hemp Milk? (Always check for any additional ingredients with these products – the more natural & pure the better, you don’t want added sugars or syrups). They are all delicious and great alternatives to dairy.  I went through a phase when I was younger of consuming Soy milk products, until I started reading up about how Soy milk can drastically affect fertility in men and women (although there is mixed evidence on this). I tend to think that anything that is over processed or genetically modified cannot be a good thing.

A thought to finish with: there was and still is a fear of eating too much fat – particularly amongst women – a lot of so-called “diet yoghurts” marketed as being healthy because they have “zero fat” – don’t promote to you the fact that these so-called healthy options are absolutely chock-full of sugar! Sugar is (in my opinion) one of the greatest problems in todays diets – I believe it is sugar not fat that causes so many problems with obesity and diabetes in the world.  For instance, if you eat a full fat natural Sheep, Goat or Coconut yoghurt,  you can control the amount of sweetness you add to it in the form of fruit or a little honey or maple syrup (much healthier natural options) not only that, a full fat option is more filling, more satisfying and in my opinion far more delicious!

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