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Moo-ve over, milk

Posted by: admin at 12:00 am on March 10th, 2016


I took my children, ages 5 and 8, off of milk a couple of years ago (husband and I do not drink it either) and still cannot believe how much better we all feel (no constipation) and how much better they do in school! Occasionally they do eat oatmeal, and I usually use almond milk when I make it. Can you please tell me which is the best non-dairy milk?


I applaud you for removing milk from your diet. If you ever doubt your decision, please read "Milk, The Deadly Poison," written by Robert Cohen, or "Don't Drink Your Milk" by Frank Oski, M.D., and you will know you made the correct decision. As for your best non-diary substitute, outside of your taste for one or the other, hemp milk contains ten of the twenty essential amino acids and has a great taste! Low amino acids in diets have been linked to stunted growth in children, according to a study published in EBioMedicine. Other problems relate to cognitive development and the ability to resist disease. Essential amino acids are the building blocks of proteins. However, they must come from a dietary source as the body cannot produce them. Hemp milk also contains an ideal ratio of omega-6 to omega-3 fatty acids. Other healthy options are oat milk, almond milk, hazelnut milk, cashew milk, rice milk, coconut milk, macadamia nut milk and flax milk. I would suggest looking at the label to be sure the product is either organic or non-GMO project certified. And I am sure you are wondering why I did not include soy milk. Soy is higher in phytoestrogens (plant-based estrogens) than just about any other food source, according to the Harvard School of Public Health. While there is so much controversy about soy - is it good or bad for human consumption? - a fact is that 93 percent of soy crops planted in the United States are genetically modified, according to the USDA (United States Department of Agriculture). I will explain GMOs in another column, but just so you know, GMO products have had their DNA altered in a laboratory by genes from other plants, animals, viruses or bacteria. Enjoy your milk mustache with hemp milk!

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Phylis B. Canion is a doctor of naturopathic medicine and is a certified nutritional consultant; email her at docphylis@gmail.com. This column is for nutritional information only and is not intended to treat, diagnose or cure.