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Food Snubbing: Dairy

Monday, June 17, 2013

So far I haven't received near as much flack as I thought I would for my Food Snubbing blogs, but I have a feeling that is about to change today as I blog about my refusal to snub dairy.

I'm going to start this blog out stating that I am not a dairy expert. Far from it. The biggest reason I still eat and drink dairy is because I've never seen ANY conclusive evidence that any of the evil/scary things I've heard proclaimed about it are true. I make it policy to not blindly believe what I am told- I want to see facts to back it up.

The biggest argument against dairy that I have seen is that adults don't have the enzymes necessary to digest it. If you've been a long time without eating dairy you are right- You DON'T have the enzymes necessary to digest it. Our bodies are pretty amazing things and if we don't eat something, anything, long enough we will have trouble digesting it when it is reintroduced into our diets. If we continue to eat that food, though, our body will again start to produce the enzymes necessary to digest it and we will be able to eat it again without discomfort. But this principle is not isolated to dairy- It's goes pretty much across the board with any food you stop eating and then reintroduce. (Ever heard a vegetarian say "I don't eat meat because it hurts?" If they ate it a few times, it probably wouldn't hurt anymore.)

Now, there are some people who are lactose intolerant, and these folks should not eat or drink dairy. It's another one of those "duh" moments. But get diagnosed by a doctor for this. There's no point in cutting out a food you would otherwise enjoy eating if it's not necessary.

The main reason I am eat dairy is that I like it. I enjoy a glass of milk with my protein pancakes on the weekends. Milk is a nice treat to mix with my protein powder on my higher calorie days, and a really good balance of carbs and protein for post-workout, as well. I enjoy Greek yogurt mixed with whey protein powder for an afternoon snack, and I like to make my protein pudding with milk for dessert. I love low-fat cheese sticks with an apple when I get the munchies. If I take dairy out of my diet, I start going for really crummy snack and dessert choices. In short, dairy helps keep me sane while I continue to strive to eliminate most processed foods from my diet.

Side note: I do buy organic for as much of my dairy as I can particularly milk. I won't go into the details, but after I did some reading up on how milk is processed and what happens to the poor cows to get it into the carton, I couldn't stand to buy anything but organic. AND it has a better nutritional profile, particularly if the cows are grass-fed. Plus, it has a longer expiration date due to it being ultra-pasteurized, unlike regular milk. If you are someone who would like the occasional glass of milk but don't buy it because it goes bad before you can drink it up, look into organic. It's more expensive, but there is less waste.

Many coaches will remove dairy from their clients diets when said client gets close to a competition or needs to lose weight quickly. The thought is that the elimination of the natural sugar in dairy can expedite weight loss. Personally I usually lose weight faster when I have some dairy in my diet. However, I will concede that this might not be the case for everyone.

Look, I'm not pushing you to eat dairy. It might not be a necessary food for humans. I really don't know. But I hate to see people eliminating or feeling guilty about eating an entire food group that simply has not been conclusively proven to be bad for the population in general.
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    Thanks for the info! Can't wait to read more of your blogs!!
    1790 days ago
    Hi! I,m lactose intolerant, but I drink Lactose free milk, greek yogurt and pro powder and a little milk. Sometimes I need some milk before my coffee. Its listen to your body! Cherie
    1790 days ago
    I am with you when it comes to facts... prove it to me. I love milk!

    May I ask how you make protein pudding? I am thoroughly intrigued! emoticon
    1791 days ago
    Love cheese- no low-fat for me. Not such a big fan of milk so I drink almond milk
    1791 days ago
    Gotta admit, I am neutral on dairy... Don't like cheese or milk (my mom NEVER served it when I was growing up, I was probably the only kid not forced to drink milk with dinner!), I will have Greek yogurt from time to time.....
    1793 days ago
  • 222NICHOLE
    Thank you for this blog. I have been doing some dairy research lately because I am interested in why so many people shun it. Personally, I love milk, yogurt, and cheese, and use them daily to help meet my protein intake. It would take a lot for me to give up milk. I love the taste of almond milk but don't buy it too often because of the expense. But I have been leaning toward it lately because many recipes on this website and other websites suggest it instead of milk. But thank you for giving me an alternative viewpoint!
    1821 days ago
    I love dairy and I don't think I would be able to get my calcium intake if I didn't drink milk and eat yogurt
    1826 days ago
    I love milk!!!! emoticon
    1827 days ago
    I love yogurt and cheese but not milk unless I'm dunking choc chip cookies into it. Just personal preference and always buy organic. I don't like the idea of those hormones they feed the cows. Doesn't seem smart to me.

    Raw milk? Even my grandparents who grew up in a time when it was the norm switched to pasteurized as soon as it was available to them.
    1827 days ago
  • SKATER787
    Also here are a couple of posts from why raw milk isn't such a good idea. Organic or not bacteria's can be in them. Enjoy:


    December 1, 2012 | 6:11 am

    So I was sold on this raw milk deal, until I read a CNN article saying that raw milk is a culprit for food poisoning and even caused two deaths AND cwused two healthy people to come down with debilitating diseases. Read excerpt below:
    “We have two people, in California and Pennsylvania, who developed Guillain-Barré syndrome [which can cause paralysis and respiratory failure] after contracting a bacterial infection called campylobacteriosis from drinking raw milk,” says John Sheehan, head of dairy safety at the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA). “These were healthy, active people who came down with debilitating, lifelong diseases.”
    What is your response to this?? I believe that raw milk is better bc its hormone and antibiotic free, but I’m afraid of the bad bacterias that could be in it or the possible contamination. Maybe I’ll just go organic. I’m not sure. What are your thoughts??? Anyone??

    John Foster
    March 20, 2012 | 1:40 am

    My sister works for the USDA checking cows at all the dairy’s for potential health hazards. And she says drinking raw milk has got to be one of the dumbest things you could do for your health. Even the grass fed cows have mexicans picking up tubes out of the cows s-h-i-t and sticking on to the udders, you know where that fecal matter ends up? Sure its not a lot, but these are how diseases are born and spread. Just because you’ve been drinking raw milk for years without any problems just means your number hasn’t been called yet.

    1828 days ago
  • SKATER787
    OK Nancy, I just want to clarify Hulda's view on milk. She wasn't concerned about the antibiotics or hormones, but the bacteria in milk. Traditional pasteurization is at 165 F for 15 seconds and removes 99.9% of bacteria. This is too low of a temperature to kill all microbes, thus, she recommended boiling for 10 minutes. Along came organic milk which is ultra pasteurized at 280 F for 2 seconds. This kills a lot more bacteria and is even better than what we can do by boiling since we can't bring the temperature up any higher than 212 under normal pressure. So organic milk by virtue of ultra pasteurization is a boon for consumers since it allows us to have clean milk without having to boil it. Hope this helps.
    1828 days ago
  • OPTIMIST1948
    Balance balance balance. I like a glass of chocolate milk occasionally and it keeps me from horking the mms
    1828 days ago
  • IRP1114
    I think that is the key! When we start feeling guilty over eating perfectly healthy foods! If we let ourselves get to that point then this whole thing starts feeling a lot harder than it should be!

    I tried going as far as raw vegan for many reasons, but as far as dairy goes it helped me to reduce it long enough to get control over chronic sinus infections but now I do include dairy most days. I just make sure it is organic. We actually get a local dairy deliver of milk every week for our family along with organic eggs.

    I use to drink a lot of milk. It was something I hardly went a day with out really. I even drank it freshly milked from the cow when I lived in Mexico. It was breakfast on the early Saturday mornings I would tag along with my dad and grandfather when they left to gather the cattle for milking to bring the milk back to town. Never had any issues with it. It was not until a few too many rounds of antibiotics leading to chronic sinus infections a few years back that I finally really considered cutting it out. It was hard. Very hard to even think of not having any. Made me kind of sad at first but once I did it I really started seeing improvement in my symptoms and eventually I got to the point of never having another infection. The passed few years I have included dairy in the form of cheese and lots of unsweetened kefir and greek yogurt. When I went vegan for a while but it was way too low in protein and I was concerned about other nutrients so I decided to just keep it balanced instead and just focus more on making sure I bought organic animal products.

    Great blog as always emoticon
    1828 days ago
    Knowledge is power and you have it!
    1828 days ago
  • SKATER787
    I'm glad to see your viewpoint on dairy. Hulda Clark advocates boiling the milk to get rid of manure bacteria which is unavoidable in commercial operation. I read that the FDA wanted to increase the pasteurization temperature. Regardless, that is still too low. Hulda would be pleased with the ultra pasteurization of the new organic milk being sold. I would agree with her on that. Not sure about commercial yogurt if they heated up the milk to boiling point or ultra temp. If they do, then it's safe to consume. Otherwise, make your own using the proper methods.
    1828 days ago
    I love milk, and I'm lactose intolerant (but there are ways around that). Are you going to do one about egg yolks? I started eating whole eggs again recently and had forgotten how delicious they are compared to egg substitute.
    1828 days ago
    1828 days ago
    I LOVE dairy, even though I'm mildly lactose intolerant. I have a hard time with milk, but cheeses (especially hard cheeses) don't give me near as much trouble. I love eating cheese, find it to be a great snack and source of protein. If I eat a piece of cheese, I'm much less likely to nom on chips.

    I agree that individual foods shouldn't be snubbed for arbitrary, un-scientific reasons. Carbs aren't the devil. Eggs aren't the devil. Dairy's not the devil.

    If you enjoy a glass of milk, why NOT drink it?
    1828 days ago
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