Dare we stop dairy?

Dare we stop dairy?

Dairy products are the mainstay of the British diet but is it really doing us any good? Apart from people with a definite (and very unpleasant) lactose intolerance, would we all be better off without it or a least consuming less of it?

There is no other mammal in the universe that habitually drinks another animal’s milk and on top of that, mammals only drink milk as babies and not beyond into adulthood, so why is it we have this belief that milk is so good for us?

I certainly wouldn’t believe all the hype about calcium, there’s stacks of bona fide research out there to say that calcium in cow’s milk is not easily absorbed by humans and can actually deplete our calcium reserves. http://saveourbones.com/osteoporosis-milk-myth/ After all, it is not meant for us, only our mother’s milk is really meant for us, cow’s milk is meant for their babies!

Personally I have never really liked milk and I have often wondered if that is because it doesn’t like me! When I was growing up there was no alternative. I ate my cereal with cow’s milk delivered by the milkman and that was just what we did but nowadays there are so many alternatives and they all taste great plus most of them are actually better for us too. Low in fat, high in antioxidants and often fortified with calcium, vitamins and minerals. Try a few and see which one works for you.

Calcium can be found in loads of other foods, high sources are, tinned sardines, pilchards and salmon (including the bones.) tofu, rhubarb, spinach, kale and other greens, white and black-eyed peas, almonds and oranges.

And my last note on dairy products is methane…. Billions of cows are happily contributing to global warming by pumping out tonnes of methane into the atmosphere.

Seriously, it’s time to re-think dairy!