Dairy forms a huge part of most people’s diets, from putting it in our breakfast cereals, to making drinks like tea and coffee, and consuming it in all the different forms it comes in. Cheese, butter, yogurt, buttermilk, and cream are some of the most popular diary products. But how healthy is dairy for the Paleo diet? Here are some reasons:
Most people who eat and drink diary products believe that they are getting calcium nutrients, but in the real sense, plants such as kale and spinach will give you more calcium. Plus, these greens offer additional benefits such as roughage making them a better substitute.
During pasteurization of dairy products to extend their shelf lives and destroy harmful bacteria, a lot of nutrients and enzymes needed for digestion of food are destroyed. This in turn causes our bodies to strain in order to absorb the milk.
Commercial cows are kept in crowded places and are fed with plants that are sprayed with pesticides and other chemicals which find their ways into our bodies.
If you are keen on watching your weight and living a healthy life, then you probably know that milk is a big culprit wen it comes to calories. Most diary products like butter, cream, and cheese are very high in calories. Drinking milk everyday without a exercise regimen can contribute to obesity.
Doctors have linked casein, a protein found in dairy, to ovarian, prostrate and breast cancer. People whose diet consist of diary and twice as likely to get these cancers compared to those who don’t.
Dairy is supposed to be rich in calcium, but researchers have found that people who consume it regularly are at a risk of suffering from osteoporosis. Animal calcium tends to cause acidity in the body, causing the bone to release calcium in an effort to neutralize the environment.
Dairy can cause heart diseases and coronary failure due to the fact that most of the products are rich in saturated fats and cholesterol. This can lead to many health problems such as heart disease.
Some of the diseases that affect cows such as mastitis require a large dose of antibiotics to treat. These can remain active and can be passed into us when we consume dairy products. Additionally, some of the cows are injected with growth hormones to make them mature faster, which ends up in the milk.
A large percentage of the world population is lactose-intolerant because their bodies cannot digest dairy. They suffer from symptoms like bloating, diarrhea, and generally feeling sick when they take dairy. Perhaps this should be an indication that dairy is not supposed to be consumed by humans, since most people do not have to mechanism to digest it anyway. Diary products increase your chances of suffering from irritable bowel syndrome.
You can find healthy alternatives by using soy milk, coconut milk or even rice milk.