When I finished reading my Yoga magazine I found a milk advertisement at the last page. It says: “Even in my role as a mom, I want to look great. And milk helps. Studies suggest that people who drink milk regularly tend to weigh less and have less body fat than those who don’t. So raise a glass and let milk play its part. Got milk?”
Huh? Get in shape with milk? What a crazy foggy study must it be to encourage people drinking milk for beauty and healthiness! To me this advertisement is as vague as jelly custard!
So let’s have a closer look to milk! I’d like to give you some questions to think about:
1. No other mammal in the world drinks the mother’s milk of another species.
2. A calf doubles its weight within 47days. A rabbit baby doubles in 6 days and kittens in 9 days – due to their protein power milk! A human baby doubles its weight within 180 days! Is this protein shake really necessary for us as a slow growing species?
3. Packaged milk has nothing to do with raw cow milk, it’s absolutely processed and far from any natural goodness.
4. This is a cow’s life: After a continuous cycle of yearly pregnancies, births, removal of its offspring, and near constant milking, the cow becomes “spent” after about 4 to 6 years. It is then sent to slaughter. In nature a cow grows 20 years old and doesn’t have a calf every year.
5. Milk supports illness, like osteoporosis. Whereas the white fluid is often used as a synonym for osteoporosis prevention Brian Clement from the Hippocrates Health Institute points out: “Osteoporosis is not first a disease of calcium deficiency. It is a disease of excess protein. Animal and dairy products are full of sulfur-rich proteins. Sulfur makes extra acid in the body; as acids wash through the bones, they dissolve calcium, which is then eliminated through the urine. This only happens with animal protein and it has a name: protein-induced hypercalciuria, which simply means too much calcium going out in the urine. Unfortunately, the dairy and meat industries speak louder than medical journals. Their multimillion-dollar advertising campaigns ignore what even the most conservative medical investigators no longer deny—excess protein robs our bones of strength. With their high protein content, milk and meat actually contribute to the accelerating development of osteoporosis.”
Certainly most people do not know that one teaspoon of sea kelp mixed in a glass of water gives approximately a thousand times more calcium (without animal protein) than an eight-ounce cup of milk. You can bet you won’t hear that information pop up in a catchy jingle.
Because you can find milk in many traditional pastry recipes or just think of “hot chocolate” I’d like to give you some alternatives. Just give it a try!
Rice Milk: 1 cup cooked rice and 4 cups filtered water
INSTRUCTIONS: Measure rice into a blender and add 4 cups of filtered water. Blend until smooth, approximately 1 minute. You may want to blend again for ultra smooth consistency. Store in the refrigerator and enjoy cold; shake before using. Strain.
NOTES: For two cups: ½ cup rice, 2 cups water// For one cup: ¼ cup rice, 1 cup hot water
Coconut Milk: 1 cup unsweetened coconut flakes and 4 cups hot, filtered water
INSTRUCTIONS: Measure coconut flakes and hot water into a blender. Process for 45 seconds to 1 minute and repeat. Strain.
NOTES: For two cups: ½ cup coconut, 2 cups hot water // For one cup: ¼ cup coconut, 1 cup hot water
Almond Milk: 1 cup almonds and 4 cups filtered water, plus more for soaking
INSTRUCTIONS: Measure almonds into a container and cover with filtered water. Allow to soak overnight. This softens the nut considerably and makes it easier to blend, leaving less particles of nut in the finished milk (plus you get some of the benefits of soaking nuts too!).
Drain nuts and place in a blender. Add 4 cups of filtered water and blend until smooth, approximately 1 minute. A second blend may be necessary, since almonds are a tough nut and are hard to completely grind. Strain. Store in the refrigerator and enjoy cold.
NOTES: For two cups: ½ cup almonds, 2 cups water // For one cup: ¼ cup almonds, 1 cup water
Add your favorite spices, like vanilla, cinnamon, cardamom or cacao powder. Et voilà! You are prepared for cold autumn days!
For more information and recipes read this post from YumUniverse.
Picture taken from VeganVeins.