Hey guys! So it’s 2017, and with the start of the new year we’ve had our customers come in with all different types of dietary restrictions from completely gluten free just because, to the Whole 30 Fad, and we can only offer a little bit of advice here at Shaka.
The first thing we can say is, any diet that asks you to COMPETELY cut anything from your diet, that your body is already partially used to consuming, or reliant on, will probably result in the yo-yo effect. That it is never advised to completely cut anything from your diet unless you have been told by a professional physician that it is detrimental to your health.
We thought this would be a good time to address the issue of DAIRY. While we do not necessarily believe you need to cut dairy from your diet, we do believe your dairy intake should be limited for various reasons. And while we do still have dairy based options here at Shaka, we mainly make sure our products are Coconut Water, Almond Milk, And Coconut Milk based.
It has been brought to our attention from our customers that there is a common misconception that “Eggs are Dairy”. According to the The U.S. Department of Agriculture, eggs are now considered to reside in the protein foods group. This category also includes meat, poultry, seafood, beans, peas, soy products, nuts and seeds, not dairy. Therefor, our sauces that do have mayo are in fact, not dairy. YAY!
Again, we do not encourage necessarily a completely dairy free diet, for the same reason as most: If you do accidentally consume it, or change your mind at a different point of your life to go back to consuming it, you do not want to lose your bodies ability to digest this product all together. So we’ll start with why we, Kiersten & Krista, limit our dairy intake everyday, perhaps to less than even one serving on most days.
For starters, dairy products are extremely acidifying in the body. While the dairy industry has advertised for years that milk makes bones stronger, the opposite happens when you consume a lot of dairy. “In The China Study, T. Colin Campbell explains that when you consume milk, it creates a net metabolic acidity in the body.
In order to neutralize that acidity, your body draws salts such as calcium and phosphorus from your bones so it can return to its naturally alkaline state,”(Snyder, K. 2013).
Secondly, if you didn’t not know this, now you know: human beings are the only species that insist on consuming milk after infancy. Unfortunately, the milk humans consume isn’t human milk. It’s cow’s milk. Cow’s milk contains two elements that make it very difficult for the human body to process, however.
The first, high levels of casein, is milk’s primary protein. Difficulty digesting protein can cause damage to the intestines and stomach, which can lead to autoimmune and malabsorption disorders and poor health.
The second part of cow’s milk is very difficult for humans to digest is lactose, which is the sugar in milk. Many people have a strong intolerance for lactose, which can cause digestive disorders and upset.
While there are many more reasons we could go off of, we will leave you on this note: Milk may contain hormones, antibiotics, and chemicals
These cause endocrine disruption and have been associated with developing certain cancers. One of the most worrisome of these chemicals is recombinant bovine growth hormone (rBGH), a genetically engineered growth hormone used to increase milk production in cattle.
According to the Cancer Prevention Coalition, Canada and European countries have banned American milk because it contains this hormone, which has been linked to increased rates of cancer. Milk containing rGBH is not labeled in the United States.
The final thing we’ll leave you guys with, is while this is all bad news, we can leave you with some goods news: there are plenty of healthy, environmental friendly and encouraged alternatives like Almond Milk, Coconut Milk, and Coconut Water! All of these are natural, healthy, and tasty substitutes. To boot, these healthy alternatives reap many health benefits opposed to things detrimental to our health like milk & dairy!
Yikes! That’s a lot to take in by something most of us were raised to trust in! We’ll be back next week with more for you guys! Stay tuned and stay awesome! Thanks so much!
-K & K