Nuts about Milk?
The argument about whether drinking milk and eating dairy is good for you has been a huge debate for a long time now. For years everyone was told to drink milk for healthy bones and teeth, to get enough calcium in their diet, and for kids to grow big and strong but so much research has disclaimed this and led to a big argument on whether milk is healthy.
The dairy industry, just like the sugar industry is an enormous and well established source of income in many countries and is highly subsidized by governments. This means they want you to eat it even if it’s bad for you! We know sugar leads to diabetes, obesity, heart disease and many more health problems but new research about eating dairy is now showing similar problems. A recent study showed that people who regularly ate dairy produce and milk were actually at a higher risk of osteoporosis, and lower bone density and that it is not a good source of calcium compared to other alternatives.
There has always been a question mark about the human body’s ability to digest milk. Milk is meant to be consumed by baby cows, not humans, and we do not have the same stomachs or digestive enzymes to break it down. Add to that the way milk is now produced with intensive farming methods and your cup of tea with milk now contains hormones, antibiotics, genetically modified food that is fed to cows and a whole host of ingredients you don’t want to eat! So maybe it’s time to look at alternatives?
More and more people are now finding they are lactose intolerant. Dairy produce makes health conditions like arthritis, eczema and asthma worse and for anyone with any kind of inflammatory condition, cutting out dairy significantly reduces symptoms and helps reverse the problem. The ethical debate for not drinking milk is also a strong one. Taking a calf from a mother who has just given birth and then forcing her to produce milk unnaturally for the rest of her life is hard to swallow for many people. And when we can get great sources of calcium in a more easy to digest form from kale, sesame seeds, almonds, figs, apricots and home-made nut milk, maybe it is time to ditch the cow juice and make the switch?
Making your own nut milk is so easy!! Anyone can do it and you can use any kind of nut you like. Almond is the easiest and most popular, see our recipe section for my home made almond milk! But you can use brazil or cashew for a more creamy alternative, as well as hazelnuts, pecans, hemp and even seeds.
What you will need is a high speed blender, nuts, water, a nut bag or cheesecloth to separate the pulp, and then any flavourings you want like honey, dates, vanilla etc if you want to spice it up.
All nuts have different soaking times so check before starting but usually leaving them overnight is necessary. The pulp can be used in cakes and muffins, the milk is delicious and good for you, and your body and health will be thankful as well as the baby cows! So if you ever thought you wanted to cut out dairy but didn’t know how...now is the time. Go nuts for nut milk! :)
Wishing you health and happiness,
Gee Palmer Nutritionist