January 20, 2015
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.
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