Calcium … without the cow!

Thousands of litres of milk are sold each and every month. Chocolate, strawberry, and original milk mustaches are created each and everyday.

Have you ever stopped to think about how milk gets to your breakfast table or how it “builds healthy bones”? Milk advertisements promote consumption for strong bones and teeth, but it’s time to expose the truth.

Milk goes through a series of processing before it reaches the grocery store shelf. It gets pasteurized (heated to sterilize), homogenized (make fat particles smaller so they don’t separate from the rest of the milk), and finally the milk gets turned into reduced fat or flavoured milk through additional processing. This processing changes mother nature’s product.

Negatives of Processing:

  • Increases acidity – body pulls calcium and other minerals out of our bones to counteract the acidity caused from milk consumption. Therefore, decreasing bone strength.
  • Hard to digest – processing and removal of fat makes milk harder to digest. Stresses our digestive system
  • Kills bacteria – pasteurization kills all bacteria, even the potentially beneficial strains which promote good digestion.
  • Re-structure – homogenization changes the structure of milk making it harder to digest.

Calcium is important for healthy bones and teeth, but milk is not the best way to receive calcium. Cow’s don’t drink milk to receive calcium, yet we think milk is the only way!

Non-dairy sources of calcium:

  • green vegetables – kale, broccoli, swiss chard, Bok choy all contain high levels of calcium. Cows eat grass and we should eat our greens too!
  • nuts and seeds – walnuts, sunflower seeds, almonds, sesame seeds
  • seafood – salmon, shrimp
  • beans and peas – navy beans, split peas, lentils, black beans

Next time you see a milk commercial or get offered a creamy glass consider what it’s doing to your body.

Skip the dairy and embrace the greens!

 

 

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