10 Sources of Calcium that are Way Better than Low-Fat Milk
Written by: Lindsay Sibson
Milk and cookies. Boy oh booooooy, the joy I remember from relishing in this delicious treat as a child… Growing up, I perfected a method of dunking a cookie for JUST enough time to soften it without it crumbling apart – divine!
However, as I became older and have developed digestive problems, I eventually cut milk out of my diet since I linked it to causing my excessive gas and indigestion. And of course I preferred the low-fat variety for vain reasons (back in the days when I thought fat made you FAT).
As years went by, I kept hearing and reading a lot of controversial things about MILK. Does it REALLY do a body any good?
Let’s take a closer look… particularly at low-fat milk.
One researcher, David Ludwig, has taken a strong stand on the dangers of drinking low-fat milk. Ludwig, a Harvard pediatrician and specialist, states that low-fat milk and dairy products contain added sweeteners and are therefore risky to your health and well-being.
Sweetened beverages, including low-fat milk, can cause health problems such as weight gain, metabolic syndrome, diabetes and cancer, because they lead to an overconsumption of sugar.
Low-Fat Products – A DANGEROUS Alternative
When the fat is removed from milk, the drink itself becomes less tasty. Therefore, sugar is added to make up for the loss and help it become more appealing to your palate.
However, consuming more sugar (especially by drinking it) goes directly against research, which has shown that excess sugar should be avoided.
It is even more important to consider WHERE your milk is coming from. “Normal” milk (including low-fat varieties) has been found to contain over 20 antitoxins, painkillers and other toxic and dangerous ingredients. Yuck!
“Healthy Fats” Don’t Make You Fat
If you have paid attention to health related media over the past 10 years, there is not a lack of information claiming that fat is BAD and to stay away from ALL fat.
However, in recent years, studies have been conducted and have shown that “healthy fats” have many benefits for your body. In fact, a study published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition stated that:
“There are no evidences which prove that dietary saturated fat is associated with increased risk for cardiovascular disease.”
Fat from milk can be a good thing, considering the milk is natural and originating from grass-fed cows – meaning the milk is RAW – and your body tolerates it well. Other healthy fats include coconut oil, avocados and nuts. CLICK HERE to learn 5 vital reasons why your body needs fats.
BUT if I’m not drinking milk, where will I get calcium?
Don’t worry, I got you covered. There are many other healthy and natural sources to get calcium. Here are 10 sources you can start eating today:
4. Collard Greens
5. Bok Choy
As with most processed foods, low-fat milk can have dangerous and negative affects to your health and well being. If you are set on drinking milk, be sure to consume organic, clean and natural milk. Otherwise, you can give some healthy alternatives a try like coconut or almond milk (just make sure they are free of carrageenan – a big gut disrupter!).
Just as you are with most other foods on the market today, be just as careful when it comes to milk, dairy or not; you’d be surprised how often added sugars and other ingredients can get slipped in.
Lindsay Sibson turned her lifelong dream of traveling the world into a reality when she first stepped on a plan in April of 2014. With the simple intention of learning more about this beautiful world, she stepped away from corporate America to explore an alternative lifestyle of long term international travel, volunteering, blogging and pursuing a blissfully happy and fulfilling way of life.
Lindsay documents her journey in hopes of empowering others to find their passion, reignite their spark and freshen their outlook on life. Connect with her on her website and follow her travels on Instagram (https://www.instagram.com/_traveloholic_).
Through her blog, Lindsay documents her journey in hopes of empowering others to find their passion, reignite their spark and freshen their outlook on life.
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