The burning question: “But what about my kids’ needing their daily glass of cow’s milk? “
I think that we mothers (or anyone taking care of themselves or others), believe we make food choices based on ‘solid fact’ or what we’ve ‘learnt’. Only problem is who’s teaching us? Supermarket shelves? The feel-good blurb on milk cartons? Media messaging? Your mother’s assumptions? Schools? Well, listen up, and update your knowledge!
The latest studies show that, “We’ve been seduced by the commercials and ads of celebrities sporting their milk mustaches, and we’ve been led to believe that milk is necessary for our bones. But, it’s time to wake up to the truth.”
“Drinking cow’s milk is not a must, and it does not give you stronger bones. In fact, it depletes calcium from bones, and previous research shows how drinking milk and dairy products is not associated with fewer fractures, but actually increases the risk of arthritis, asthma, cancer, diabetes, heart disease, multiple sclerosis, osteoporosis, Parkinson’s disease, and more.”
The best news is that calcium, a very necessary nutrient, can easily be consumed from healthy plant foods! The most healthful sources are green leafy vegetables and legumes, or “greens and beans.”
As Dr Neal Barnard, of The Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine suggests, “Instead of harming our health like cow’s milk does, these plant foods boost our immune systems and help us avoid chronic illnesses.”
While a cow’s milk alternative may take some getting used to (it took me about a week, sipping my daily cappuccino), switch to any of the plant-based milks (soya, almond, rice, quinoa, hemp, oat etc), and you’re bound to see how they’ll lighten your load (think relief from sinusitis, runny noses, asthma, and acne).
So let’s raise our glasses (think tofu, banana or plant milks as the creamy base to delicious smoothies), to healthier us, and kinder, more informed, Moms!