Hi there, fabulous person! Welcome to today's edition of the Radiant Health, Inner Wealth blog. Inspired today by a woman who was blown away yesterday when I gave her a few facts on vegan nutrition! She was under the impression that we needed cow's milk for strong bones, having been raised with a real fear of osteoporosis. However, when I shared a few facts with her, she was really excited to start replacing harmful animal-based sources of calcium with clean plant sources. Like the lovely, alkalinizing almond. Did you know that almond milk is a snap to make and very high in nutrients, calcium, and iron?
Here's an excerpt from the nutrition chapter of Radiant Health, Inner Wealth:
"How will I get enough calcium if I don’t eat dairy products? Why would all of those celebrities sport a milk moustache if it didn’t reflect the truth?"
It’s interesting to note that the societies who have the highest rates of osteoporosis are those who consume the most animal products. In societies that consume little or no dairy products, this disease (wrongly linked to inadequate calcium intake) is practically unheard of. Dr. John McDougall states, "Osteoporosis is not a disease that results from too little calcium, but rather primarily from too much animal protein animal food derived acids that rob the body of calcium and structural materials, and thus weaken bones." In other words, the less animal protein we consume, the less calcium we need. The Dairy Council is one of the largest businesses in the United States, with quite the budget for advertising. Again, before you take something as a fact, make sure it is not funded by a special interest business.
It should also be noted that many plant foods contain loads of calcium. Sesame, tofu, kale, and other greens are just a few examples of foods that contain very high levels of calcium. Plus, this kind can be properly absorbed, unlike dairy products that can rob the body of calcium (because of their high levels of animal protein) while they supply it.
Finally, consider this: If you believe that we live in an intelligently designed universe, how would cow’s milk originally have been intended? Perhaps to feed a baby cow? Mother’s milk is as natural as it gets, and contains the ideal amount of nutrients, fat, calories, and protein for the nursing mother’s growing child. Milk is absolutely the perfect food, but it is intended for the baby of that mother’s species. Cow’s milk is perfect for baby cows, just as human mother’s milk is perfect for human babies.