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Tip n°33 : Dairy products (Part 1)

Updated: Oct 25, 2023

I've talked about this before, but it was a long time ago 😉 and a 'little reminder' never hurt 😆.

This week... and in 2 weeks also, we are going to tackle a vast... very vast subject: cow's milk products 🐄, LPs for short ❗

One article 📝 won't be enough, as there is so much to say, so I'm going to take the time ⏳ to explain why cow's milk 🥛 is for its baby, the calf 🐮, and not really for us 🤔.

You're ready ❓ Come on, let's go ❗

Precision: PL = milk 🥛, yogurt, cheese 🧀 … yes, butter 🧈 too but we will leave it aside because its composition is very different.

A little HISTORY:

The oldest traces of PL consumption date back around 6000 years... very little in the end, compared to the 7 million years that our evolution represents and during which, the only milk absorbed by our baby ancestors was that of their mother 🤱 .

It was only in the 19th century and especially in the 1950s that cow's milk 🥛 took the dominant place it occupies today in our homes 🏘️.

THE INDUSTRY 🏭 has perhaps evolved a little too?

Let's say that the milk of a few decades ago and the milk of today are very... very different 🔃.

Poor cows 🐄, when you think that in 1950 they gave 3 to 4 liters of milk/day and today they give at least 20 😱!

A quick calculation 🧮: that’s 7000 liters of milk per year 😰!

We call them “cash cows”… well, I understand ❗

I can't tell you what they receive for producing so much 🧪🧫 🔬!

In addition, nowadays they are milked during gestation, so they provide milk almost all the time. Honestly, they must be very tired 💤 by the end.

If we put aside our moods 😥 in relation to the well-being of the cow, this means above all that its milk contains, in addition to an overabundance of growth factors, very necessary for the calf 🐮 … for the CALF 🐮🐮🐮 … considerable quantities of hormones, always for the development of the calf 🐮 … of the CALF 🐮🐮🐮!!!

Little digression, essential, on BREAST MILK ➡️ the only one really adapted to the needs of our pioupious 👶, translation: our little darlings 👶👶👶!

Did you know that the composition of this milk changes over time depending on the needs of the growing baby and even during the same feeding❓The fat content increases gradually in order to cause the satiety 😲.

Isn’t that wonderful 🤩? It’s still well done, I say ❗

Cow's milk on sale at the supermarket 🛒 certainly doesn't do that 😉.

Format milks 🍼 are already much better suited but both contain far, far too much calcium...explanation follows...


Lactose is the sugar in milk 🥛 and yogurt (cheeses 🧀 contain very little), and lactase, well it's the enzyme that digests lactose, elementary my dear Watson 🕵️.

Except that 👉 75% of the inhabitants of our beautiful planet 🌍 are no longer capable of digesting this lactose as adults because lactase becomes rarer over time and not only in us but in all mammals - those which retain it the most are the Nordic European countries (59% in France 🇫🇷 compared to 0% in South-East Asia 🌏).

If with age we lose our ability to digest lactose 🤢, then we are entitled to ask ourselves the question: is it natural and physiological to drink milk as an adult ❓❓❓

In addition, lactose, and there is a lot of it in milk and yogurt, causes an insulin spike 📈 of the same order as white bread 🍞, or even sugar 🍬.

Not digesting milk 🤢 is neither an illness nor an anomaly... it is rather the rule!

So the industry 🏭 invented lactose-free milk, ingenious 🧠 at first glance... except that lactose intolerance, as it is called, is by far not the worst disadvantage.

Come on, I’ll continue 😜 …

Yes, but then the bones ❓ And the CALCIUM ❓

I'll keep it simple: cow's milk 🥛 contains incredible amounts of calcium, that's true, except that it's not really this calcium that we need 🙅‍♀️: it's not not well assimilated by our digestive tract, unless our intestine is porous, which is often the case if we are stressed 😫 for example or if we consume too much gluten 🍞🍕🧇. The excess calcium then passes through our body and lodges in our joints 🦵, it cracks 💥 and it hurts 😓, when it is not in our arteries!

PLs also have a strongly acidifying effect on our body, the consequences of which are very... very surprising for the health of our bones 🦴, but that's for next week 😃.

Thus, it is not in dairy products that we must seek our sources of calcium but in other foods, of which here are the richest:

Sardines, almonds, fresh parsley, green olives 🫒, shrimps 🍤, walnuts and hazelnuts 🐿️, watercress, dried figs, egg yolk, all varieties of cabbage 🥬 and broccoli 🥦, white beans, mustard.

Daily requirements: 500mg/day (all inclusive, much lower than recommended 🤔)

Conclusion: Removing dairy products does NOT lead to calcium deficiency!

That’s it 😅.

It is therefore very rarely necessary (except for specific pathologies) to take calcium supplements 💊 in tablet form, even if you have osteoporosis, explanations next week too.

On the other hand, I remind you that vitamin D ☀️ is essential for our bones and we very often lack it.

I'm going to stop there for today and end by recalling an important point: when we are healthy there are no forbidden foods, we can eat everything, it's just one question of balance ⚖️.

There is a big difference between eating yogurt from time to time or every day 😉.

Come on ✨✨✨ YUM Life ✨✨✨ and wherever you are 🌏🌍🌎, I wish you a very pleasant weekend, and I'll see you in 15 days for the rest of this exciting subject.

Doctor Sandra Stallaert 

Health Practice Holistic

Homeopath - Nutritionist

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