Of all the major food groups, I think it’s dairy that’s the most misunderstood, and perhaps, misleading. We’re told from a very early age to gulp as much cow’s milk as possible to keep our bones strong and healthy, yet are rarely told of the pasturisation process or high levels of estrogen and progesterone that are in all that creamy white liquid. Nor are we told that calcium can also be gained from seeds, nuts, carrots, cabbage, and even molasses, so if that milk you’re gulping makes your tummy churn, there are most definitely other ways to get strong, healthy bones.
But I’m not here to tell you to not drink milk. I, personally, don’t drink cow’s milk because I prefer the taste of oat, almond, rice, soy, and coconut milk, as well as the fact that my morning muesli is packed with antioxidants and dairy is known to block the absorption of antioxidants – so, it would seem a little counter-productive to have all that goodness and then ruin it with milk. Right? Too right.
That said, it would be almost criminal to not enjoy the irresistible taste of natural organic yoghurt, a gorgeous slab of fetta cheese, or a scoop of your favourite ice cream every now and again. There’s absolutely nothing wrong with that (unless you have a lactose intolerance, in which case, I’d recommend listening to your body and steering clear of the cow), however, I would recommend one simple tip that may very well change your life…
EAT ORGANIC DAIRY ON ITS OWN!
In cave man days, there really wasn’t any dairy in their diet at all after they stopped breastfeeding. Today, however, dairy is everywhere in Western culture, despite more and more people becoming lactose intolerant due to a lack of lactase – the enzyme used to breakdown lactose in the body.
By eating high quality organic dairy, you’re eliminating any of the unwanted added ‘ingredients’ and by eating dairy on its own, you’re not restricting the absorption of vital minerals, vitamins, and antioxidants. Plus, I find my body finds it much easier to digest dairy on its own – there’s no interference from proteins, or starches, which require totally different tools to breakdown.
So, if you’re a lover of dairy, don’t feel the need to cut it out completely, just stick to high quality options and instead of eating a heart-stopping creamy pasta, enjoy a beautiful tub of organic yoghurt on its own. YUM!