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To Dairy or Not To Dairy

It’s dinner-time, you’re with friends, you decide on a delicious cheese-topped pasta dish and then someone from the other end of the table starts a along diatribe about the ills of dairy products—now what? Your pasta with extra Parmesan is so close you can taste it but now you’re stuck wondering about mucus-causing foods that can “block your digestive tract”, ruin your skin and contribute to global warming. When did eating become so hard, right? With more information available than ever, it can be a chore to do the simplest of things without wondering who or what you’re hurting in the process. And, now more than ever, things are being separated into “good” and “bad” categories—with no real room for discussion.

Perhaps one of the most polarizing topics of current times is what we should and should not be putting into our bodies. There seems to be a new diet plan popping up every week with an accompanying list of foods that can help you live longer or shorter, and it leaves many of us desperate for simpler times. One of the main points of contention in the great debate of healthy diets is whether or not dairy should be part of it.

For many years, milk was the go-to beverage for building bones through calcium, giving the body Vitamin D and dunking Oreos. However, milk and its family members have recently become enemy number one for a litany of reasons. The first? Mucus. Because our bodies have a harder time breaking down the enzymes found in cow’s milk, mucus builds up and over time disrupts our digestive systems causing constipation, nasal congestion and blocking skin pores. And it doesn’t stop there, the sugars found in milk have been linked to ovarian cancer in women and cows given growth hormones can produce milk with high levels of potentially lethal chemicals. Lastly, the never-ending common-sense argument about cow’s milk being for baby cows only; therefore, having no nutritional value for humans—of any age. In the end, that doesn’t stop pizza from being delicious but it absolutely does raise some eyebrows surrounding our health as a country and our love affair with all things dairy.

Regardless of the cautionary tales connected to milk and its derivatives, some remain (understandably) unconvinced. With so many foods being moved to the “could cause cancer or an extra eye” list—it’s hard to take anything too seriously. In fact, some of the healthiest among us recommend eating whatever you want in moderation for the sake of keeping your body strong and able to fight off anything that comes its way. Whatever you choose to eat or take out of your diet make sure you’re listening to your body every step of the way. If something makes you feel bad, don’t eat it. It’s really that simple. Trust your body. And be kind to it. You only get one.

 

– The REME Team