According to food consumption reports, the average American eats 31.4 lbs of cheese, 600.5 lbs of non-cheese dairy products, and 181 lbs of milk per year. If you are a child of the 80’s like I am, you will remember the commercial milk does a body good. Well, maybe not anymore! While dairy does have many benefits such as improved bone health, there are many negative effects as well. I will share with you some benefits when you stop consuming dairy.
Dairy products are one of the leading causes of acne. Dairy products produce and stimulate hormones associated with acne. I used to eat cheddar cheese with in my salad every day and I would get acne mostly around my chin. When I started eliminating the cheese from my diet, I noticed my skin start to clear up.
Dairy products repeatedly rank high in prevalence on the Top 8 Food Allergen List in the US. It is estimated that greater than 60% of the population show symptoms of lactose intolerance. After weaning, people no longer have the need to consume their mother’s milk and naturally lose the enzyme lactase. Eliminating lactose from your diet will improve your digestion and eliminate bloating, pain, cramps, etc.
While there is no correlation between weight loss and dairy, the elimination of dairy will improve your overall health. Many dairy products such as butter are high in saturated fat and cholesterol. This can contribute to higher chance of heart disease. Also, cows are pumped full of hormones and antibiotics which end up in our milk and are not healthy to drink.
Lastly, I feel as though now more than as so in the past there has been better dairy product alternatives. You can substitute cow milk for coconut milk or almond milk, cheese for rice cheese or Dayia, even Ben & Jerry’s makes non-dairy ice cream (amazon link). To replace the calcium lost by not having milk, try dark leafy veggies such as kale, bok choy, or spinach.
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