Milk products are everywhere. From your morning coffee to that creamy pasta thing you love so much, it’s increasingly difficult to avoid dairy. But that doesn’t mean that cutting it out isn’t a great idea for you and your health. If you’ve ever been tempted to leave dairy behind for good, and you simply need a little more convincing, below are three great reasons that may just push you over the edge.
3. Your body isn’t really designed to digest milk
Unless you’re a calf that’s somehow mastered the use of the Internet, milk really isn’t biologically meant for you. In fact, statistics suggest that 65% of the adult population is incapable of properly digesting the lactose sugars found in milk. It won’t do you any harm necessarily, but it could lead to numerous forms of digestive distress (which we’ll get into a bit later). The reason for this widespread lactose intolerance is due to the fact that a large proportion of us don’t produce enough of the enzyme lactase, which is crucial in the breakdown of lactose. There are lactose-free alternatives to milk that can help alleviate these reactions, but the best course of action is really to avoid dairy altogether – and to find a healthy alternative. And speaking of those…
2. There are plenty of healthier alternatives
One of the bigger downsides of milk and dairy is the calorific content. A single glass (200ml) of skimmed milk contains 70 calories, and for whole milk, you can double that. This may seem manageable, but when it comes to dairy products, you’ll find the calories much harder to keep under control. Whether it’s a cream-based sauce or a chocolate bar, dairy will always contribute a significant proportion of the calorific content to foods. Luckily, there are plenty of healthy alternatives. Almond milk provides just 34 calories per glass, making it twice as good for you than skimmed milk. Likewise, unsweetened soya milk contains 66 calories per glass and far less fat than the alternative. Either way, the message is clear: switching away from dairy products can seriously help if you’re looking to lose weight.
1. Less bloating, less gas, less pain
Stop us if you’ve heard this one: not two hours ago you finished a gluttonous feast of carbonara followed by cheesecake and fresh cream. But wait, what’s this? Yep, it’s the inexorable churning, the gaseous gurgle, the painful product of dairy. Okay, so it may not happen to everyone to the same extent, but dairy is proven to increase production of gases like methane, leading to stomach bloating. On top of that, the lactose contained in dairy products can cause cramping and even constipation. The primary protein in milk, casein, is also a prime suspect when it comes to these digestive issues. If you want a clean bill of digestive health, it’s definitely worth at least taking a break from the white stuff.
Have you enjoyed any benefits from going milk-free? If there are any reasons we missed above, please let us know in the comments below, or via Facebook and Twitter. And don’t forget that you can find a huge selection of great dairy-free protein shakes right here in the Sativa Shakes online shop.