To Dairy or not to Dairy?
Cow’s dairy products (including cheeses) are to be consumed sparingly, why?
Because they are too rich in:
- Sugar, lactose. Many people lose the ability to digest lactose over time and develop lactose intolerance, which is becoming more common these days.
- Calcium, but it is not the ‘good’ calcium that our body needs. Calcium content in cow’s milk is poorly processed by our digestive system and can result in an excess of calcium in our body. The latter then get absorbed into our joints for example, thus causing joint to be brittle and painful.
- Rich in hormones, useful for the growth of cows and their calves, but certainly not for us. These hormones stimulate cell multiplication and promote the occurrence of cancers, especially those that depend on hormones such as breast or prostate cancer.
- Caseins have protein allergenic properties which promote allergic diseases such as eczemas. Most dairy products increase the body’s acidity, which results in it trying to regulate its acidity by seeking calcium in the bones. This is one of the main reasons why overconsumption of dairy products promotes osteoporosis. The above is also valid for goat and sheep dairy products but to a much lesser extent.
My advice: Eat dairy products as a “treat” – our body does not need them!
Substitute almond milk with cow milk
Here is a versatile recipe for muffins using almond milk instead of cow’s milk :
Basic muffin mix (makes 12) :
- 300grms of rolled oats
- 1 tsp of cinnamon
- 1 tsp of baking powder
- Pinch of salt
- 400ml of unsweetened almond milk
- 125ml of Agave sugar or 125 grms of coconut sugar
- 4 Tbsp of coconut oil
- Two drops of vanilla extract
- Mix all the dry ingredients in a food mixer and blend together until smooth
- Add the milk, coconut oil and the sugar (Agave or coconut sugar)
- Dust muffin mould with some flour
- Put mixture in preheated oven at 175 °F until brown (about 15 minutes)
Here are some suggested combinations to add to the above basic mixture:
- 2 x mashed bananas and 125 grms peanut butter
- 2 x finely chopped apples plus 1 x extra tsp of cinnamon for extra flavour
- 100 grms of grated carrots
- 150 grms of blueberry or raspberries (if frozen – toss in a bit of flour first and add 5 extra minutes to cooking time to allow frozen blueberries to cook)
- 70 grms of chopped almonds
Bon Appétit !
Wishing you good health !
Docteur Sandra Stallaert
Homéopathe – Nutritionniste
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