Got (Sprouted) Almond Milk?

June 17, 2013
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Categories: Bone Health, Dairy Free

If you have recently made the switch from cows milk to almond milk, you are not alone.  Almond milk is on the rise, with sales increasing 79% last year.  Consumption of cows milk on the other hand is on a slow and steady decline in this country.

Why Switch to Plant Based Milk?

Many people are making the switch to deal with digestive issues.  A majority of the population does not actually have the enzymes needed to digest milk at all, which can cause problems like gas, bloating, constipation and diarrhea.  In addition there are a number of other reasons why people might be looking to make the switch:

  • Consumption of dairy has been linked to an increased risk of certain cancers, especially prostate and ovarian. (Read Hormones in Milk Can Be Dangerous) to learn about the possible negative hormonal implications of drinking milk.
  • Studies show that milk consumption does not lower risk of fractures*. The Harvard Nurses Study followed 78,000 women for a 12-year period and found that milk did not protect against bone fractures. In fact, those who drank three glasses of milk per day had more fractures than those who rarely drank milk.
  • Many people find that a range of conditions improve when they remove cow’s milk, including acne, allergies, eczema and more.  Dairy has even been linked to ADD-like symptoms. Read Food Intolerance & ADHD, and this article from Gaia.
  • Vitamin A is important for bones, but cows milk supplies too high a dose of vitamin A (in the retinol form), which can cause bones to be weaker, according to Harvard Health.  Avoid foods and multivitamins with the retinol form of vitamin A (choose instead beta-carotene).
  • The ratio of calcium to magnesium is not in good proportion in milk.  Milk contains a 10 to 1 ratio of calcium to magnesium, where the optimal ratio is 2:1. Too much calcium without magnesium or other co-factors is not good for bones, and has even been linked to increased risk of heart attacks and kidney stones.
  • If you are going to drink milk, better options include goats milk and raw unpasteurized milk.

*Building strong bones is not about getting plenty of calcium, it is about absorbing the calcium and it’s co-factors into the bones. Read Got Fractures?  to learn more about the nutrients needed to build strong bones.

Click to read the rest of this article, including what are the most popular and which are the best plant-based milk options.  For a quick and easy cashew milk that you can make in less than 5 minutes, download this free Cooking with Superfoods eCookbook.

Sara Vance Article written by Nutritionist Sara Vance, author of the book
The Perfect Metabolism Plan A regular guest on Fox 5 San Diego, you can see many of Sara’s segments on her media page. She also offers corporate nutrition, school programs, consultations, and affordable online eCourses. Download her free 40+ page Metabolism Jumpstart eBook here.

*This article is for educational purposes only. The content contained in this article is not to be construed as providing medical advice. All information provided is general and not specific to individuals. Persons with questions about the above content as how it relates to them, should contact their medical professional. Persons already taking prescription medications should consult a doctor before making any changes to their supplements or medications.

©2015, all rights reserved. Sara Vance.

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