All You Need to Know: Dairy

So last week we spoke about why it’s so great to be gluten free so now it’s time to discuss dairy. As with gluten free, dairy free has been on the rise in recent years, and soy milk is now just as common as regular milk in cafes and restaurants. And with good reason, as it has been estimated that 70% of the worlds population have some degree of lactose intolerance meaning heavily milk based products don’t tend to sit too well with most people, and nobody loves a bloated stomach. Going dairy free has also been proven to work wonders for improving skin, combatting acne and creating that glowing, healthy complexion we all desire. 

Looking closer at digestion and how our body digests food, it seems quite obvious why dairy doesn’t sit too well with most of us. After weaning, humans no longer “need” the ability to digest their mother’s milk, so they naturally begin losing lactase, the enzyme that helps to digest the lactose found in milk. This means that most people don’t actually have the ability to digest lactose, which leads to stomach pains, bloating and excess gas - just delightful!  

As well as this, during production cows are given mass quantities of antibiotics and hormones to help prevent disease and infection and encourage growth, however concerns are now being raised about the amount of drugs that are passing through into to the dairy products created and the affects this is having on the human body. I’m not sure about you, but the idea of a side of antibiotics with my morning latte definitely doesn’t sound too appealing. 

Away from personal health, avoiding dairy also hugely benefits the environment. Milk production negatively affects air, soil and water quality so avoiding dairy therefore avoids supporting such production methods and lessens your environmental impact. 

That’s enough ranting about why to avoid dairy for now though, what do you eat instead? 

There are so many different alternatives nowadays that dairy milk hardly tends to be the go to choice. Almond milk, hazelnut milk, coconut milk, oat milk, rice milk, soy milk, hemp milk… the list is practically endless and they all offer a different, delicious taste. And with milk alternatives comes their by-products such as dairy free ice cream (usually made from coconut milk, cashews or almonds) and dairy free yoghurt (coconut yoghurt is the most popular). There’s also more and more dairy free cheeses popping up on the market, often made from cashews or soy. 

Within weeks of giving up dairy, we can pretty much guarantee you will see an improvement in your skin, digestion and overall health, give it a go and let us know how you feel!  

And for some delicious dairy free hot drinks, check out our previous blog post here!