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8 Great Alternatives to Cow's Dairy

We covered the topic of dairy in several articles recently, looking at dairy and heart health, dairy and weight loss, the choices of conventional, organic and grass-fed dairy, and whether or not dairy consumption is a good choice for you. Each of the blog posts made the assumption we were talking about cow’s milk dairy. For those who do not have trouble digesting it, full-fat, minimally processed dairy can play an important role in a nutritious diet.

However, a growing number of people have trouble digesting dairy. For some, they must avoid milk and are fine with cheese and butter (I’m included in that group). Others must avoid lactose and casein but are fine with whey. Still others avoid dairy completely, due to how their body reacts to consuming it or for other personal reasons. Even for those who seem to have no trouble digesting cow’s milk dairy today, it may be a good idea to mix in some other dairy alternatives in the diet so your body doesn’t develop a reaction to cow’s dairy over time. The question then becomes, what alternatives are there to cow’s milk dairy? We’ll look at 8 options below, some animal-based and some plant-based.

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Should You Consume Dairy?

After three other posts on dairy, we’ve landed on one of the last big questions people ask our nutrition health and fitness professionals regarding dairy. The question comes up in one of two ways: “Should I eat dairy?” or “Is dairy necessary?” These questions require slightly different answers, which we’ll look at below. If you missed the first three posts on dairy, be sure to check them out:

Full-Fat or Non-Fat Dairy: Which is More Heart Healthy?

Dairy and Weight Loss

Dairy Decisions: Conventional, Organic or Grass-Fed?

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Dairy Decisions: Conventional, Organic or Grass-Fed?

We recently took a look at dairy consumption, its fat content and its relation to heart health. Then we looked at whether full-fat or non-fat dairy made a difference in managing weight. As you’ve hopefully seen, from a health perspective there’s good reason to choose full fat over low-fat or non-fat dairy options. Generally speaking, you have a few options of where to get your dairy from if you choose to consume it. At grocery stores and co-ops, you can choose from conventional dairy, organic dairy and, in many stores, grass-fed dairy. A fourth option that is available in some states, usually directly from a farm, is raw dairy. The following briefly reviews the differences among these options.

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Dairy and Weight Loss

Two weeks ago, we looked at the effects of high-fat dairy as it relates to heart health. Overall, full-fat dairy has been shown to have somewhere between a beneficial and neutral effect on the risk of developing heart disease, stroke and other related issues. The idea that dairy fat can be a contributor to heart disease appears to be without merit. Of course, there are other concerns people have related to full-fat dairy, such as its effect on weight management, the types of dairy individuals should consume and, of course, there’s the question of whether or not some people should even consume dairy at all. We’ll continue the dairy consumption discussion today by focusing on the impact full-fat and non-fat dairy have on weight management, as well as look at the nutrient values of conventional, organic and grass-fed dairy.

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Full-Fat or Non-Fat Dairy: Which Is More Heart-Healthy?

  It seems like almost every time the recommendation for dairy is made for the diet, it includes the descriptor of “low fat” or “non-fat.” In fact, it’s so common that many people, when shopping for dairy, scan the coolers looking for low fat and non-fat on the front of the package. Are there any proven health benefits to avoiding full-fat dairy? Will choosing low-fat dairy help us reduce calorie intake and lose weight? Will reduced-fat dairy lessen the chance of getting heart disease or having a stroke? If we skip the fat in dairy, will we miss out on any important nutrients? Is there a difference in how the body responds to full-fat milk versus full-fat cheese, butter or cream? A new article published in Advances in Nutrition provides an extensive review answering some of these questions. Highlights from the article are included in the sections below.

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Why do schools serve low fat milk?

When we enter the school lunch world, milk has a permanent parking place in the lunch line. Mandated by the government to be offered each and every day, school lunch, in history, has been able to offer various fat levels (whole, 2%, 1% and skim) of cow milk for decades. But now, with the new USDA-proposed updates to make school lunch healthier, school cafeterias would...

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Chocolate Milk in Schools Causes a Stir

One side is looking to ban flavored milk and the other is defending its essential nutrients. As the debate rages on, there are measures schools are taking to make a healthy impact.

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