Americans are so used to the milk commercial showing a man, a woman or a child with a milk mustache, and the caption “Milk does a body good.” But, does it really?
The protein in cow’s milk called casein is the cause of allergies for many people. Dairy products in general, organic or conventional, cause congestion and inflammation for many people. Conventional cow milk contains traces of steroids, antibiotics, and GMO corn and soy given to the cows that pass on into the milk. Pasteurized cow milk negates the good nutrients found in raw cow milk, which is healthy but illegal in most states. So, what are the options?
My favorite are almond and coconut milks. Hemp, walnut, sesame seed and hazelnut milks are good too. It all comes down to you and your children’s taste buds. If you are concerned about getting enough calcium, nut and seed milks, as well as greens have more calcium, protein, and more absorbable calcium than cow milk. If you are lactose intolerant… we don’t need to say any more, do we?
I would avoid commercial rice milk because they all contain safflower, canola and/or sunflower oils. These are considered omega-6 oils and can cause inflammation in the body. They also contain vitamin D2, but this is not as absorbable as D3. If you are a fan of rice milk, there are easy recipes on the internet to guide you in making your own.
I do not like soy milk because it can affect our hormones. If you are going to drink soy milk, make sure it is organic. Remember, the most GMO (genetically modified organism) foods are soy and corn.
I received permission from Brenda Hinton of Raw Creations to share the easiest almond milk recipe ever. She says you can use any nuts for this recipe.
Making your own milk will cost a fraction compared to any milk you buy at the store here on Maui. The recipes below really are simple. If you have young children, you can turn milk making into a fun family activity.
Image Credit: Benedicte Lechrist