Monday, February 9, 2009

Got Milk (and other Dairy Products)?

"If you obey, you will enjoy a long life in the land the Lord swore to give to your ancestors and to you, their descendants—a land flowing with milk and honey!" Deuteronomy 11:9

In a previous blog, I mentioned that I, personally, am not a big fan of milk. I rarely drink milk, but I sometimes use it as a base for some of my protein shakes and to eat with Musli (an organic German cereal that I get at the health food store). However, I have recommended milk to others for various reasons as seen in this blog to get extra protein in the diet or as a mid-day snack.

When it comes to milk and other dairy products (cheese, yogurt, cottage cheese), I would encourage you to shop for raw products (or at the very least - organic). I also don't recommend fat-free versions of dairy products for two reasons:
  1. All fats are not bad for you. Your body needs some saturated fats along with healthy fats.
  2. Fat is crucial for the absorption of the vitamins and nutrients in dairy products (and other foods, including vegetables).

For example, Vitamins A and D are fat-soluable vitamins. Since dairy products contain Vitamin D, you want fat in order to properly utilize Vitamin D in the body. Most people elect for fat-free products that have been fortified with Vitamins A and D, and they don't realize that it's useless without the fat.

Also, I am against commercial store-bought milk as found in most grocery stores. I highly recommend that if you are going to drink milk, you should only drink raw milk. Store-bought milk is pasteurized (which kills the enzymes in the milk) and homogenized (changing the fat content) and is worthless.

Check out this video about milk by Dr. Jonny Bowden. Also, read this article by Dr. Mercola and this article originally published in 1938 in Magazine Digest.

I've been using raw milk for months (although I did drink it when I was younger and got it straight from the cow). Prior to finding a few places that sold raw milk in my area, I bought organic milk. That's better than most store-bought milk, but it's still not as good as raw milk or even pasteurized but non-homogenized raw milk (I have the choice of both types of milk where I live). However, for cheese, yogurt and cottage cheese - you may only be able to find organic products. That's fine! It's still better than most store-bought products.

A good alternative to milk (for those who are lactose intolerant or can't find raw milk at their local health food stores) is Almond milk. It tastes good, is low in calories and makes a pretty good milk substitute. I recommend Almond Breeze Original. You can drink it, use it in a high-quality and nutritious cereal or for protein shakes.

Let me know if you have any questions!


Anonymous said...

I've found Rice Milk to be good as well.

Goat's milk is good for something different, though the brand I buy is pasteurized so it loses nutritional value. It's nice to have Goat's milk yogurt as a change of pace too, since I can't have the regular stuff.

Nathan James said...

I'm not a fan of rice milk as it has too many carbs and sugar. I've heard mixed reviews from others as well.

Goat's milk, yogurt and cheese should be fine. Obviously, raw or organic is best in this case as well.