Milk; Does a Body No Good?

Being vegan, many people ask where I get my calcium if I don’t eat dairy foods (among other nutrients).

For years, I’ve studied the available research on milk and other dairy products and have always believed that milk, especially in it’s current form, is not an essential part of a healthy diet that I would recommend, and can actually be harmful to your health.

Case in point. Some years ago I was speaking with a mother that complained about how many reoccuring ear infections her daughter had and that she was constantly on antibiotics. She also suffered from colds and was sick more often than what she would consider normal. After asking some questions about the girls diet, I found that she drank milk more than several times a day, and consumed other dairy foods and foods containing dairy by-products. I recommended she cut out all dairy products and substitute unsweetened soy or rice milk, fresh vegetables and when she had a craving for something sweet, a non-dairy frozen dessert (made with soy or rice milk).

In less than a month, the mother reported that her daughter hadn’t been sick at all during that time, and over the next two years, she had only been sick once or twice with a minor cough or cold. This was a major relief for the mother and a blessing for the girl since she not only felt better, but felt good not having to take medicine all the time.

Now comes evidence that the calcium benefit the dairy industry claims is vital to growing children… well, really isn’t. In one of the most comprehensive review of over 27 studies looking into the benefits of calcium from milk sources found that only three out of the 27 studies found any benefit, and very little benefit at that. Read an article detailing the studies here.

Some of the existing research notes that fruit and vegetable sources of calcium are better absorped by our bodies, and that after milk is pasturized and fortified, the calcium is no longer in a form that is easy for us to assimilate and thus not much of a benefit. Studies note that getting out, staying active and exercising will do more for strong bones than drinking milk, a powerful statement that the dairy industry doesn’t want you to hear.

Dairy products have been know to cause excess mucus, carry growth hormones (in almost all non-organic milk and dairy products) and cause allergic reactions to a large portion of humans that can’t digest or are in some way allergic to dairy products (dairy allergies are one of the top allergies we may have – but most don’t know it).

The way I look at it, why go through all the problems associated with dairy products when you can get plentiful calcium in other fruits and vegetables, bio-available vitamin supplements and get stronger bones by exercising and staying active?

Peace.

Mark
http://vegandiet.blogspot.com

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27 Year Raw Foodist Dr Doug Graham Online Tonight Free

Posted on October 20th, 2008 in 80-10-10,80/10/10,interviews,raw diet,raw vegan diet,Resources,vegan diet,video by Vegan Raw Diet Advocate 1 Comment »

Dr. Doug Graham80-10-10 author, 27 year raw foodist, athlete, coach and raw food expert Dr. Doug Graham will be online tonight for an exclusive one hour audio and video presentation and interview, and available at no cost for the next 24 hours.

200 lbs Lost on the Raw Food Diet

Posted on October 14th, 2008 in 80-10-10,80/10/10,raw diet,raw food,raw food weight loss,raw vegan diet,video,weight loss by Vegan Raw Diet Advocate 3 Comments »

Check out this video of Philip McCluskey on CBS’s The Doctors with his testimony of losing 200 pounds over 2 years on the raw food diet. He gives a clear, strong and confident testimonial of how raw foods helped him lose weight.

What’s The Best Raw Food Diet?

Posted on April 28th, 2007 in 80-10-10,80/10/10,diet,raw by Vegan Raw Diet Advocate Comments Off on What’s The Best Raw Food Diet?

Over the last two years of being 100% raw, I’ve experimented with different varieties of the raw food diet.

You see, there are those that eat a high fat raw diet, a diet high in fruit, a junk food raw diet, lots of dehydrated raw foods as well as a mix.

I’ve noticed that many switching to a raw food diet first focus on the raw aspect, mainly making raw versions of the foods they now eat cooked. Raw pizzas, burritos, lasagna, spaghetti, crackers, breads, shakes, salads with lots of ingredients, milk… lots of nuts, seeds and more. This is a great first step, getting one used to raw foods. However, it’s normally very high in fat and nutritionally unsound for the long term.

Over time, I see that simple foods become more appealing. Mono eating becomes more common… eating just one fruit or vegetable at a time.

My journey was very similar to what I’ve described here and since the new year, I’ve made another distinction which I believe is the best choice for me and my health. The 80-10-10 diet conceptualized by Dr. Doug Graham has answered many lingering questions and refined my eating habits. Basically, the concept is to eat raw fruits and vegetables in the following proportions: 80% carbohydrates, 10% protein and 10% fat. And it’s the percentage of calories, not in volume or weight (for example, a pound of lettuce has volume, but very few calories). When I started, I analyzed how I’d eaten in the past, thinking it would be pretty close to 80-10-10. Was I surprised to find that I had been getting anywhere from 40-60% of my daily calories from fat! Ahhhh!

You get most of your calories from fruit and lots of greens, mainly at the dinner meal.

After revising my diet and following the suggestions made by Dr. Graham, I believe I’ve found the best raw food diet… the ultimate raw food diet. The diet that I believe we’re made for and can thrive on.

There were many improvements to my health after switching, especially digestion. Many of the true benefits of a natural diet started appearing and I know will continue. Meals are easy and fast to make, delicious and fulfilling.

I’ll continue to write on my experiences on 80-10-10 and would love to hear yours!

To your best health!

Mark

P.S. Have you read ‘The Garden Diet‘? – It’s a collection of 12 digital books, including the brand new eBook titled “Forever Young, The Anti-Aging Guide” by Storm and Jinjee Talifero.

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