75% of the world’s population today are lactose intolerant. Since a lot of people cannot drink milk, companies are producing non-dairy milk options. But do these non-dairy milk stack up against the nutritional benefits that you can get from a cow’s milk? Is it a better option?
We have all been told from a young age that cow’s milk can make the bones and teeth stronger and it is a great source of calcium. However, scientists now are pointing out that drinking cow’s milk can produce health complications.
According to Dr. Mark Hyman, adults stop produce lactase at the age of two and five. This is the reason why people have difficulties digesting dairy products. Lactase is the enzyme that the body needs to metabolize lactose.
Why Should You Give Up Drinking Cow’s Milk
There are several reasons why you should give up drinking cow’s milk. Among these are:
- Bone fractures
- Children’s illnesses (which includes iron deficiency, atopic dermatitis, chronic diarrhea, constipation, gastroesophageal reflux disease, colic, chronic vomiting, blood in the stools, and poor growth)
- Ear infections
- Heiner’s syndrome
- Increased cholesterol
- Multiple sclerosis
- Nasal polyps
- Ovarian and prostate cancer risk
Safe Alternative to Cow’s Milk
If you are dairy or soy intolerant, a great option is to drink almond milk. This milk is high in calcium, iron, potassium, phosphorus, magnesium, sodium, and zinc. Almond milk is also rich in vitamins B6, C, E thiamine, folate, riboflavin, and niacin. It can also be made in the comforts of your home with its basic recipe.
1 cup of almonds
4 cups of filtered water
Pinch of cinnamon, sweetener, and sea salt (optional)
How to Make It:
1. Soak the almonds overnight.
2. In a blender, blend all the ingredients together.
3. Strain with a cheesecloth.
4. Store in the fridge and consume within 3 to 4 days.
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