The gurgles, the bubbles, loose stools, and the familiar sight of a bloated stomach. These are common symptoms associated with lactose intolerance. So, why should you consider removing dairy, especially cow’s milk, from your diet? Let’s delve into the intriguing dairy secrets.
As humans, we often overlook the fact that we are part of nature’s grand design. While we may have evolved to be more advanced, we share similarities with other species on this planet. Unlike most other species, we continue to consume milk beyond infancy. Have you ever wondered why? Milk serves as nourishment when our bodies are not fully equipped to digest solid foods, yet we do not see animals drinking milk from other mammals.
The process of keeping cows producing massive quantities of milk for human consumption involves the use of hormones and can result in mastitis, which is the inflammation of mammary glands. This leads to the presence of white blood cells or ‘pus’ in commercial milk, albeit in small amounts.
As mammals, our bodies are designed to consume what they need. Surprisingly, over 70% of the population lacks the lactase enzyme required to break down dairy proteins. If your ancestors hailed from grain farming regions like Asia rather than dairy farming areas like France, the likelihood of reaching the 90% statistic for lactose intolerance in Asia is higher.
So, what alternatives can you explore?
Soy milk, traditionally grown in Asia, serves as a great option, particularly for descendants of grain farmers. However, ensure you choose organic brands, as non-organic soybean crops may contain GMOs and cheaper soy milk brands often have excessive added sugar.
Coconut milk, originating from tropical climates, has been a personal favourite due to its delightful impact on my body. I find that adding coconut in any form to my food brings me sheer satisfaction.
For coffee lovers, easily digestible oat milk is an excellent choice. Making it at home saves you the additional step of soaking nuts or seeds beforehand.
Nut milk, such as almond milk, remains a popular alternative. Soak almonds for 8 hours or overnight, rinse them, blend with water, and voila! You have a quick and simple plant-based substitute for cow’s milk. Personally, I believe cashew and macadamia milk deserve more recognition.
Lastly, my newfound favourite is Bamnut, derived from a regenerative crop with Southeast Asian and African roots. This nutty and creamy milk offers a unique combination of oat milk’s creaminess and the nuttiness of almonds.
Taking control of your nutrition based on your genetics and body requirements is the key to achieving your health goals and optimising your well-being. Explore these dairy secrets and unlock a path to a healthier you!