Great snack for little hunger!
- Chevrette cheese, goat milk
- Fresh fig
- Pecan nuts
IS CHEESE GOOD FOR ME?
What I’ve found out, is that the health benefits or side effects of dairy depend on the health of the animal and the processing methods of milk. Whether the milk is produced from conventionally raised cows that are fed with feed and a steady stream of antibiotics or whether the cows are pasture raised or grass eating healthy cattle. On the other hand there are plenty of other milks than a cow’s milk on offer. Also it seems that all low-fat versions are totally out of nutrition and there is often added sugar. Pasteurized milk can contain all sorts of chemicals such as antibiotics, painkillers, steroids and anti-malaria drugs.
- Raw milk or organic dairy from pasture-raised cows to avoid chemical burden.
- Kefir, fermented milk.
- Organic, grass-fed goats or sheep: raw, fermented dairy.
- Coconut milk or almond milk
Essential vitamins and fatty acids – Milk is quite nutritious, but the nutrient composition varies between the different types of dairy. For example scientists have published a study showing that dairy from grass-fed or pasture raised cows contains more fat soluble vitamins (A, D, K2) and beneficial fatty acids (short chain, CLA and omega-3’s), along with lower levels of inflammatory fats typically found in milk from grain-fed, conventionally raised cows.
Essential minerals & electrolytes– Especially raw milk (unpasturazed and unhomogenated) is a high source of essential minerals and electrolytes such as calcium, magnesium and potassium which people are often lacking in their diet. Unfortunately high-heat pasteurization destroys most of these minerals.
Diabetes 2 prevention – Looking at more than 3,300 people, researchers found that people with the highest byproducts of full-dairy products enjoyed a 46 percent lower risk of developing type 2 diabetes compared to people who ate less full-fat dairy.
Help for obesity – Researchers studied more than 18,000 women and found the ones who consumed more full-fat dairy were 8 percent less likely to be overweight or obese compared to the low-fat dairy group.
Some people suffering from lactose intolerance find organic or raw milk suitable, since it seems to be the milk processing that makes milk harder to digest. But if you have any problems with digestion, skin problems, bloating or you are suffering from any autoimmune disease, it might be a good idea to stop using dairy products for 6 months or perhaps even for a couple of weeks and see if there’s any improvement in health. Or then you might see major problems turning up when you return to dairy after some pause.
For me it has been already a struggle to get rid of gluten and the excess sugar from diet. I’ve had periods of time without dairy as well, but always returned to goat cheese and full-fat yogurt. I have learned that at least processed milk builds excess mucous in my throat and I would assume it’s not a positive reaction due to my chronic sinus infection. I’m saving money to get tested in gluten sensitivity and cross-reactions (Cyrex or Entero Lab) to make it easier to find the right diet to prevent any more inflammation in my body. If I’ll find out that dairy is suitable for me, I will definitely stick to organic dairy from pasture-raised cows, goats or sheep to avoid chemical burden in milk and favor almond and coconut milk as I already do.
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