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Milk Alternatives

  • Evaluating alternatives to cow milk,
    for reasons of allergy,
    reducing sugar and carbs,
    or just eating healthier.

So you get it - cow milk from factory farms is not so good for you.

Milk alternatives are many, but it's helpful to understand a few things

First, cow milk exists in different levels of healthiness,
based on how the cow lived and was treated. We cover some of this here.

Second, there are a variety of vegetarian milk alternatives that can be excellent. These include nut milks (like almond milk) as well as coconut, soy, flax, hemp, rice, and other milks.

For the first part...

Milk alternatives - cow milk
  Organic vs. Raw vs. Conventional. 

Conventional cow milk has a variety of problems.
Organic cow milk is much improved, lacking pesticides and some other aspects of conventional factory farming.

Milk from free range cows is even better, despite not being organic.

Best of all is raw milk from free range cows.
(Does not need to be organic to be better than organic.)
  • Their diet is much more they choose, based on what they crave and need for their own health.

  • Milk from pasture-fed, free-range and organic cows is more nutritious than that from cows kept indoors and fed cereal (corn) rations.

    The fats in the milk are the healthy ones, higher in omega 3 and lower in omega 6 oils, and with the correct ration between them.

Non organic will have additional problems due to the following items:
  • Antibiotics
    Although much of the milk supply seems to be free of antibiotics, there is suspicion that some factory farms are giving their cows illegal antibiotics that cannot be detected in the milk. They do this because they raise the cows in dirty, disease-prone, tiny, dark stalls.

  • Pesticides
    Milk is tested for contamination by  pesticides, but the pesticides are allowed up to certain levels. There is reason to believe these levels  are too high, and damaging, long term accumulation of pesticides occurs in the body tissues.

  • Other chemicals
    Up to twenty foreign chemicals introduced by factory farming can be found in cow milk and other dairy products. These include painkillers, growth hormones, anti-inflammatory drugs, niflumic acid, mefenamic acid, and ketoprofen, in additioon to the pesticides and antibiotics mentioned above.
NOTE: Some smaller farms, while not certified as organic, still have awareness of the hazards of these items, and may raise food differently. Know your local farms and how they produce food.

Milk from other kinds of animals, like goat milk.
  • The milk of goats and sheep is more digestible, however it is difficult to find it in organic or free-range form.

    Nonetheless, it may give digestive relief for some people.

Vege milk alternatives

There are many vegetarian milk alternatives to cow milk, made from foods humans have been eating for a very long time, and are therefore safe, since we've had hundreds of thousands of years to adapt to them.

Almond milk, hazelnut milk, hemp mil, flax milk, rice milk, oat milk, and coconut milk are all are tasty milk alternatives, but choose carefully, buying organic when possible. Some brands use a lot of sugar and not much good oil or protein. Read the labels. The fats and oils are not bad for you. In fact, you need good oils.

You can also make your own nut milk easily. The taste, quality and nutrition of such milk is superior to anything you can find on a store shelf, and will have less sugar than the store bought products that rely on sugar to give flavor.

We eliminate soy milk from consideration to avoid GMO soy, a dangerous food. Even now GMO genes have pollenated into all soy, even some organic. It is a chaotic situation that GMO foods have created. Those selling and promoting it seem to be unaware or uncaring of the danger.

Milks from nuts and seeds