Many people ask about milk. Milk is a life-giving food from day zero. Milk – at its essence – is body fluid (“essence” in Chinese medicine) designed to grow baby mammals into big adult mammals. My first reaction when people ask about milk is…”(unless you’re a baby) …you don’t really need it!” Then I get “but what do I put in my cereal?!?!”… Well, that’s a whole ‘nother article!
Conventional milk (most milks that you find at the grocery store) are full of chemicals that you really should try to avoid for general health: antibiotics, growth hormones, steroids, estrogens, anti-inflammatory drugs, anti-fungal medications, and more! Organic milk would offer a better choice. Even better than that would be raw milk. Unfortunately, our FDA is trying to make raw milk very difficult to get, illegal even! The idea is preposterous if you really do the research: incidences of food-borne pathogenic illness from raw milk is extremely rare. Most cases of food poisoning are caused by infected run-off from “conventional” farms. Raw milk contains enzymes and probiotics that actually make the milk healthy! A study showed that baby cows fed pasteurized milk failed to thrive. The life-giving properties in milk are from the raw milk alone. Forget the whole commercialization about milk being the perfect source of calcium. It’s all propaganda — a really clever marketing scheme if you please. In fact, the more calcium you consume in dairy products, the weaker your bones may become! The best sources for calcium are yogurt, almonds, green and leafy vegetables because they contain other nutrients and minerals that actually allow your body to best use and absorb the calcium.
Other options for replacing animal milk:
Soy? I would not recommend replacing cow’s milk with soy. Unfermented soy bean products contain isoflavones and carcinogens (“antifoods”). Two cups of soy milk per day contain enough phytoestrogens to alter a woman’s menstrual cycle. Enough of these chemicals can also lead to hypothyroidism and cancer.
Rice milk? If you must have your milk, then sure, try rice milk. Just keep in mind that rice is a carbohydrate (simple sugar) and if you add that into cereal (more simple carbohydrates), it may over time lead to hypoglycemia (sugar imbalances), diabetes, or weight gain.
Almond milk? This would be my favorite alternative.
Hemp milk? Sure, why not.