There’s a lot of bad, unhealthy, low-quality foods out there. There’s hydrogenated fat, there’s high fructose corn syrup. There’s refined wheat flour. The list can be quite long depending on your beliefs about nutrition.
But one of the worst foods for you is dairy products. Of course, everyone likes creamy, milky, sweet, bland food. But I’ve been hearing the anti-dairy facts since 1998, when I began studying Traditional Chinese Medicine. And the facts are clear.
Dairy products are the worst foods out there. Milk, Cheese, Cream, Ice Cream, etc… are all mucous-forming and yin-tonics in a yin-heavy world. There are dairy products that aren’t that bad, like plain yogurt and clarified butter, but even they aren’t good for everyone. There’s a lot of merit in going dairy-free.
The alternatives are so much better for you. That includes rice milk, coconut milk, and almond milk. There’s no question that the milk of a different species should not be consumed, especially after weening off your mother’s milk in infancy. People who drink cow’s milk are the minority around the world, not the majority.
There are other things one should avoid in dieting. Things like excessive sugar, which is acidifying, and also gluten, which brings with it a lot of toxicity. Even starch can be bad, depending on what food you eat. But dairy is all the way junk and should not be seen as essential to the human diet. Because it isn’t.
And this goes without mentioning farmed meat, everything from beef to lamb to chicken to whatever barnyard animal you slaughter. There was a time when people lived on family farms and slaughtered their own animals. These were active people who lived on the land and healthy animals that lived somewhat normal lives.
There’s so much toxic food out there, and it’s easy to make bad decisions. But one basic decision that can influence your life for the better is to go dairy-free. Find substitutes in your cooking that taste similar, and you will get acclimated to the substitutes and not cow udder secretions. Almond milk is good in coffee. Tofu is good in stir-fry. Tempeh makes a good meat substitute. And coconut milk is good in curries and smoothies.
You’ll be better off if you go dairy-free. So do it. Even if you indulge in cheese or ice cream once in a while after going dairy-free, your taste buds will change eventually and you will notice what dairy really is. The baby-food of a bovine, not essential nutrition of an adult human.