Dairy milk consumption in the United States is on the decline. The US Department of Agriculture says Americans are drinking 42% less milk now than in 1970.
Meanwhile, dairy-free milk sales are up a whopping 61% since 2012.
Are dairy-free “milks” healthy? How do they compare with raw milk, whole, skim and 2%?
Dairy free milk is exactly what the name implies – it is a product to be used like milk that does not come from an animal (most commonly a cow). Using the term milk is factually incorrect, but since so many use it like dairy milk, the word has remained.
The short answer is that most dairy free milks are healthier for you than traditional cow’s milk, especially from a cow that was fed unnatural food, toxic water, and subjected to unhealthy living conditions.
Some people have negative reactions to dairy. Gas, bloating, and other digestive issues are common from the milk sugar, lactose. As babies, we could digest the lactose in our mother’s milk. As adults, many cannot. Dairy from cows also contains proteins such as casein and whey, leading to allergy and sensitivity. Trust me, I test patients for these conditions that lead to inflammation in the human body.
Modern agricultural practices include raising dairy cattle with growth hormones and treating them with antibiotics to maintain healthy and strong milk production. When drinking this hormone and antibiotic laced milk, you bring into YOUR body harmful chemicals that have been linked to just about every disease known to man, including heart disease and cancer.
The Drs. Wolfson recommend dairy free milk. However, if you choose to drink cow’s milk, we advise you to use only organic raw milk. Organic raw milk contains no hormones or antibiotics. Raw milk has not been pasteurized. Raw milk is more nutritious than pasteurized milk, boosts your immune system and most people believe it tastes better.
The Wolfson’s do enjoy raw dairy on occasion and source out the best farms to find it. Raw dairy is sold in many stores, but state laws vary. Some states require you to be a “member” of a milk share program.
Before examining the common dairy free milk alternatives, there are a few things to keep in mind:
Here are the most common dairy free milk alternatives with a summary of each:
Another milk alternative is to add our Daily Defense protein shake mix to water. Daily Defense comes in two delicious flavors and is loaded with vitamin, minerals, and phytonutrients to keep you healthy in a 21st century world.
The protein in Daily Defense IS from dairy. Only New Zealand grass-fed whey protein is added because:
1) Whey has the best science regarding health benefits
2) Grass-fed, grass-finished is the law of the land in New Zealand
3) Most people tolerate whey quite well, especially with our added digestive enzyme and probiotics to the blend.
There’s lots of dairy free milk options available to you. Find the one that’s best for you and make your own. You’ll save money, be healthier and are likely to enjoy it more!
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