(The Best Years in Life)
Today’s common wisdom says the only
foods worth eating are fruits and
vegetables, so many health conscious
people are buying ‘milk’ made from
vegetable sources and turning their
backs on the animal milk that has
nourished children and adults for the
last 7,500 years. One big reason for
this switch is the deplorable conditions
found in some of the factory farms that
produce much of the milk sold today. So
is making the switch to vegetable
derived ‘milk’ a smart idea? Let’s take
Soy is used in Asian cultures
only if it is fermented, a process that eliminates phytate, a powerful enzyme
inhibitor. Phytate in the unfermented soybeans used to make soy milk actually
robs the body of nutrients. Soy is loaded with isoflavones, which act like
unbalanced estrogen in the body, creating one of the scenarios repeatedly
documented as causing breast cancer as well as fat gain, fibrocystic breast
disease, and uterine fibroids Virtually all soy milk is made from genetically
modified soybeans unless the container bears a certifying seal saying its
contents is organic.
This so called milk is mostly
water, rice (a high glycemic food), genetically modified vegetable oils, and
tapioca starch. There is little to be had in the way of nutrition.
Almond milk has been gaining
favor recently, probably because people have been led to think it’s made with
healthy almonds. However, commercially prepared almond milks contain only about
2 percent almonds. Pacific is an organic brand of almond milk found in
healthy image markets such as Whole Foods. Here’s what else it contains:
Carrageenan – an indigestible
thickening agent extracted from algae that has been shown in animal studies to
induce inflammation throughout the intestinal tract. Several natural health
advocates including Dr. Andrew Weil have cautioned that carrageenan is toxic to
the digestive system. The International Agency for Research on Cancer, a part of
the World Health Organization, has classified carrageenan as a probably human
Rice starch – another extender
and thickening agent with almost no nutritional value.
Synthetic Vitamin A palmitate – a
lab created chemical posing as a vitamin. It cannot be recognized or used by the
body in the same way that natural vitamins can. It reaches toxic levels quickly,
even in small amounts, and should never be given to children. Synthetic vitamins
are what ‘researchers’ use in their studies when they want to show that vitamins
Vitamin D2 – made industrially
from the irradiation of yeast. As with synthetic vitamin A, Vitamin D2 is not
the version the body needs, and it should never be given to children because it
also reaches toxic levels quickly. Children should be allowed to play in the
sunshine year round without sunscreen in order to produce adequate amounts of
Vitamin D3, the form needed by the human body.
There is no healthier drink
than real milk
As you can see, there is not much
to like about vegetable derived ‘milk’, and there is the potential for several
bad outcomes in those who drink them. They are highly processed and seriously
lacking in nutrition.
So what is the best milk? It’s
the real milk men, women and children have been drinking throughout time. Real
milk is a traditional food with a long history underwritten by nature that
corporate America can’t match. Look at the photos of people in history books and
see how healthy and trim real milk drinkers were.
The best milk is raw milk from
grass-fed cows. This was the kind everyone drank until the early part of the
past century, and it nourished and healed countless millions of people.
What’s so special about raw milk?
Here’s a list of what’s in it.
All eight of the essential
Lactoferrin, an immune
booster with anti-cancer properties
Lysozyme, which can
obliterate cells of undesirable bacteria
Immunoglobulins, that provide
resistance to viruses, and may reduce allergy and asthma symptoms
Lactose, energizing milk
Medium chain saturated fats
that have several key roles in maintaining health, such as construction of
cell membranes, synthesis of hormones, and allowing fat soluble vitamins to
function. Medium chain saturated fats are burned as energy, not stored as
Cholecystok (CCK), a hormone
that reduces chances of obesity by telling the body when to stop eating.
Conjugated linoleic acid (CLA),
with many benefits including increased metabolism, reduction of abdominal
fat, better muscles, normalization of insulin levels, boosting of immunity,
protection against food allergies, and protection against cancer
All the vitamins in natural
form, including vitamins A, B-complex, C, D, E and K
A broad spectrum of minerals,
ranging from calcium, potassium and phosphorus to the trace minerals,
including iodine and selenium, and all highly bioavailable.
More than 60 enzymes that
have a multitude of functions. Enzymes take the burden off the body to
produce pancreatic enzymes
Small amounts of cholesterol
needed for cognitive function, synthesis of hormones and body repair.
Probiotics, the beneficial
bacteria that live in the gut and form 80 percent of the immune system
The best ways to get grass-fed
raw milk are to strike up a relationship with a nearby farmer or join a
cooperative that can produce it for you. This may take some time and energy to
get set up, but it is well worth the trouble.
Some of the benefits of raw milk
will be lost as you go down in quality. The next best is un-homogenized organic
milk, which is usually only found in healthy image grocery stores.
The milk found in conventional
supermarkets is the least desirable because the animals may not have been
grass-fed at all, and it is pasteurized and homogenized. It may have even come
from factory farms. But you know what? Even this milk provides an amazing array
of benefits not seen in other foods, and it puts the veggie impostors to shame.
Barbara is a school psychologist and the author of Dividend Capture, a book on personal finance. She is a breast cancer survivor using bioidentical hormone therapy, and a passionate advocate of natural health with hundreds of articles on many aspects of health and wellness. She is the editor and publisher of AlignLife's Health Secrets Newsletter.
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