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Cut the Crap: Non-Dairy can be Scary

Part 3 of our CUT THE CRAP theme, the truth about non-dairy. Before quitting dairy I was a little bit on the fence, however personally my turning point was reading “The China Study” by Colin T Campbell. I cannot recommend this book enough; he details the connection between nutrition and heart disease, diabetes, and cancer. It is recognised as the most comprehensive nutritional study ever conducted on the relationship between diet and the risk of developing disease.

Astonishingly, the inability to digest lactose is a problem that affects over half of the world’s population and alongside digestive disorders such as irritable bowel and Crohn’s Disease, consumption of dairy has also been linked to acne, eczema and asthma.

The high incidence of lactose intolerance combined with the desire for healthier diets is something manufacturers have jumped upon and are now milking the non-dairy market. A staggering one in five households now chooses to buy non-dairy products such as soya, rice, oat, almond or coconut milk and the size of the non-dairy market has virtually trebled to £92million litres in two years.

As we’re all learning, we need to fully examine these ‘healthy alternatives’ and understand exactly what’s in them…and non-dairy is no exception.

Almond milk with 2.5% almonds?

When I took a closer look at some popular non-dairy alternatives including Koko Coconut Milk, Alpro Oat Milk and Kallo Almond Dream, the thing that struck me was not only what ingredients were put in but what ingredients were left OUT! I hadn’t figured on Almond Dream having just 2.5% almond content or the Koko Milk having a paltry 8.4% of actual coconut milk.

Why the additives?

While you’re struggling to digest the notion of what good stuff is missing let’s also consider the stomach-churning contents that have supplanted the dairy. Firstly, levels of highly-processed sugars: is there any real need for maltodextrin in the Alpro Oat Milk, sucrose esters in the Koko Milk or corn syrup in the Almond Dream? Secondly, for the uninitiated, the added ‘vitamins’ in these milk alternatives are synthetic and have serious potential downsides to health. For instance, the synthetic Vitamin D2 in Almond Dream is actually toxic.

So another big thank you to the manufacturers for confusing the health choice again for consumers eager to purchase the right products for their complaint or their lifestyle.

Our tips for choosing non-dairy:

  • Always read the ingredients, there should be no additional sugars, synthetic supplements or harsh preservatives.
  • There should only be a handful of ingredients.
  • If you have the time, make your own nut/seed milk. There are so many to choose from, including almond, cashew, hazelnut, hemp etc. Simply blend one cup of overnight soaked nuts/seeds with three cups of water and strain through a muslin cloth. It will give you enough for three to four days. If you want to add some sweetness, simply add a couple of dates in with the blender mix.

Thanks,

Rimi

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2 Responses

Haider
Haider

March 06, 2015

Dairy should never, ever be given to aeublstoly any non-human animal, period. Dairy products can cause pancreatitis, diarrhea, and gas.Any fruit/vegetables that have a high quantity of water will give your dog diarrhea.In all honesty, dogs should never eat vegetables or fruits. They’re carnivores and their source of vegetable and/or fruit comes from the herbivores their prey eats, not freshly given to them. If you want a healthier diet from them there are many vegan and vegetarian diets out there that are equally as healthy as dog food that includes meat.Even vegetables and fruits that are considered to be nontoxic can produce minor stomach upset and flatulence if ingested. Dogs have shorter digestive tracts than human and cannot digest most vegetables whole or in large chunks.If you do give your dogs fruits or vegetable, you have to give them an insanely small amount, and there’s really no point to that. It should stay out of their diet.

Roxanna
Roxanna

March 06, 2015

What a joy to find somenoe else who thinks this way.

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