Why to switch from Milk?
Cow milk consumption is crashing. And more people are drinking non-dairy milk substitutes, which are exploding in variety. Is that a good thing or a bad thing? And if you want your milk moo-free, which options are best and worst for you?
When you think of a carton of milk, you might envision happy cows or be reminded of those “Got milk?”
Dairy has been a global staple for a long time. Dairy has been touted as “nature’s most perfect food.” We’re told that it’s crucial for strong bones and healthy kids.
And milk is nature’s most perfect food for a baby cow. But even baby cows have four stomachs and can double their birth weight in 56 days. Humans are a wee bit different. And as it turns out, human milk is different too.
“The truth is, humans are the only species on earth that drinks milk after infancy, and we’re also the only one drinking milk from another species.”
Is drinking Milk Really Healthy?
In the grand scheme of things, drinking cow’s milk is something of an acquired habit.
And research is telling us that the habit may not be an especially healthy one. For example:
- In one study, conducted by Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health researchers and published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition in 2016, researchers reported on an analysis of 43,000 men and 187,000 women. When calories from full-fat dairy products were replaced with carbohydrates from whole grains, the risk of heart disease dropped by 28%. Dairy is also known to stimulate the release of insulin and IGF-1 (insulin-like growth factor 1). This is thought to be the reason that dairy consumption is linked to increased rates of acne and other types of skin blemishes. These hormones are also believed to increase the risk of certain cancers- especially prostate cancer.
- And what about calcium, milk, and osteoporosis? It turns out that the counties in the world with the highest dairy consumption are also world leaders in the rate of osteoporosis.
Many people are realizing that dairy’s not all that it’s been cracked up to be, and they’re checking out the dairy alternatives.
Move over, dairy- nuts, grains, legumes are replacing cows everywhere.
So, why make the switch? What milk substitutes exist? And are they good for you?
What is Non-Dairy Milk, and How Did It Come About?
Non-dairy milk comes from plants- like soy, nuts, seeds, or grains like oats or rice- instead of cows. And with dairy in decline in the world, the popularity of milk alternatives is at an all-time high.
One of the first American advocates for soy milk was Henry Ford, who opened a soy milk plant in his Michigan research centre in 1934.
Soy milk didn’t catch on, except for hippies, until near the end of the 20th century. That’s when headlines began announcing its benefits for preventing heart disease and cancer.
Benefits of Non-Dairy Milk
- It’s Cruelty-Free
Non-dairy milk comes from plants, not animals. No sentient being is harmed to make them, and no babies are taken from their mothers and turned into veal, either.
- It’s Better for the Environment
The dairy industry has become an ecological disaster. Animal agriculture is responsible for 83% of total global agricultural land, yet products only 18% of the world’ calories. It’s a leading driver behind the destruction of tropical rainforests. And cows are huge contributors to climate change. The methane they release in 23 times more powerful than carbon dioxide in warming the atmosphere.
Dairy also uses a lot of water. Factoring in the amount needed to feed and raise cows, it takes 4000 litres of water to produce 3.8 litres of milk.
- It’s Healthier
Advertising for dairy touts it as a great source of calcium, protein, and vitamin D. And it does have these and other nutrients. But it also supplies an abundance of artery-clogging saturated fat, as well as hormones and antibiotics that linked to an increase in disease.
Non-dairy milk has no reason to contain these. And when you choose organic, you avoid pesticides, too.
Cow’s milk is often fortified with vitamin D, but so are much non-dairy milk, Some non-dairy is fortified with additional nutrients too, such as essential minerals or Omega-3 fatty acids.
- It’s Lactose-Free
Around 65% of adults worldwide have some degree of lactose intolerance. You become lactose intolerant when your body stops making lactase, the enzyme you need to digest the milk sugar lactose.
Is it possible that your body does this because you’re a grown-up, and you weren’t designed to be drinking milk anymore?
Among the first options developed for lactose-intolerant consumers was Lactaid, which has lactase added. Today, non-dairy milk is a naturally lactose-free option like Bevry’s Oat Milk for people don’t want to try to trick their body into digesting food it wasn’t designed to consume after infancy.
So Chose Bevry and Support to make the Plant Happy and Healthy because Healthy is Happy.