Posted on July 28, 2017 by Alanna Hinds
Have these terms been popping up more and more lately? It can’t just be me.
The new documentary What the Health, released globally on Netflix in June, is a compelling indictment of the processed meat and dairy industries sparked a rush of conversation and controversy across the internet (and if you haven’t watched it I recommend doing so).
Similar to the goals of this blog, it brings further awareness to the need for conscious consumerism and educating shoppers on what they’re really putting into their bodies.
A common misconception is that the processed food industry has your best interest at heart – fact of the matter is they have a bottom line to meet, and as the industry is so deeply established in their processes their investing goes toward lobbying efforts to maintain their control, instead of restructuring themselves to include natural, health promoting ingredients.
What that means is being a conscious consumer and an educated shopper is up to us – and since I have my best interest at heart and did plenty of my own research, all I can do is share my experiences. Along my own personal wellness journey I’ve discovered a lot of alarming facts about products I once used, one of them being dairy.
Even organic milk contains bovine hormones and all cow’s milk contains estrogen which is linked to breast and prostate cancer. Dairy consumption helps raise our levels of IFG-1, a powerful growth hormone linked to many forms of cancer.
2) ENVIRONMENTAL TOXINS
Dairy is often contaminated with heavy metals and dioxins which have been linked to Parkinson’s disease and reproductive problems like endometriosis.
3) FAT & CHOLESTEROL
The fat and cholesterol in dairy, combined with hormones and growth factors, increase risk of heart disease and are linked to diabetes and acne as well.
Cow’s milk protein is addictive due to casomorphins that form during the digestion process and these are more concentrated in yogurt than milk. (Please ditch the idea of these being health foods!)
Animal protein in general is acidic and pro-inflammatory, possibly due to higher levels of sulfur-containing amino acids. Inflammation is very important to try and prevent as most, as in almost all, diseases are due to some form of inflammation.
5) ADDED SUGAR/PRESERVATIVES
Milk is a processed food and often full of sugar and chemicals, especially the flavored varieties. Just read the ingredients.
National averages show at least 322 million cell-counts of pus per glass! This is well-above the human limit for pus-intake, and has been directly linked to Crohn’s disease. The pus comes from infected udders on the cows known as mastitis.
Picture a cup of milk as a glass of pimple juice. That’ll stop you.
7) BLOOD CELLS
The USDA allows up to 1.5 million white blood cells per milliliter of commonly-sold milk. So you are drinking cows blood in the milk, and the USDA allows this.
Allergies. Lactose intolerance. Diabetes. Cancer. And more. No thanks.
There are a number of non-dairy milk alternatives that vary in their levels of nutrition, color, flavor and texture which include soy, almond and rice milk. But in our mission to promote hemp as a superior supplement in nutrition, I’ll only cover one. Hemp Milk.
Hemp Milk: Production of hemp milk requires hulled hemp seeds, water, and a blender. Many recipes also include ground vanilla or vanilla extract to add more flavor, and a type of sweetener. Hemp milk is a good alternative for those allergic to soy, nuts and gluten. There are plenty of options available for sale including organic, non-GMO, and conventional.
I’d recommend going organic.
Organic Hemp Milk: It can be purchased in plain, vanilla, or chocolate flavors, and the boxes they are packaged in do not have to be refrigerated until after you open them. There are now multiple stores selling multiple brands, so they are not difficult to find.
Plain organic hemp milk contains no sugar, no cholesterol, and is free of soy and gluten. For many people, these factors make it an obvious choice for an abundant source of vital nutrients. The essential fatty acids, vitamins & nutrients that are contained in organic hemp milk provide a wide variety of health benefits.
Pros: Hemp milk provides more iron than cow’s milk. It’s also very high in omega-3 fatty acids, which have been shown to promote heart and brain health.
Cons: Unless fortified, hemp milk is relatively low in calcium. It’s rather expensive and can have a beany-nutty flavor that may not suit some taste buds. Many store bought varieties have sugar added, so read the label.
For an extended list of pros/cons in other non-dairy milks: https://www.ecowatch.com/6-alternatives-to-milk-which-is-the-healthiest-1891128088.html
So organic hemp milk – NO MORE DAIRY. Your body will thank you 🙂
About the author: Alanna Hinds is a millennial entrepreneur in the legal cannabis/hemp space whose passion is to promote conscious consumerism in her readers.
She has published numerous articles on the benefits of the cannabis plant family and offers her content as a means to increase student involvement in the building of the green economy in the United States.
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