All about Milk & its Substitutes

One of the first and probably most important dietary advises that we learn from Dr. Naram is to avoid milk and dairy products, except Ghee. Due to the process of preparing Ghee, the milk solids are removed and Ghee transforms into a medicinal formula with amazing healing properties to balances all three doshas, Vata, Pitta and Kapha. Dr.Naram recommends 1 TBS of Ghee daily, even in the case of people with high cholesterol. There are studies done to support the claim that Ghee taken in small amounts benefits the body.

Fresh soft cheese such as Cottage Cheese, Ricotta Cheese, fresh Feta Cheese and Paneer are preferred for occasional consumption. Eggs are not considered dairy; they are a good source of protein and you may enjoy them if it does not conflict with your personal/religious beliefs.
All other dairy products create mucus and consequently cause digestive problems such as bloating, indigestion, nausea, and could contribute to respiratory complications such as Allergies, Asthma, frequent cough and cold; they could also cause skin allergies, eczema, and rashes. This information is quite startling to many people and they might have a difficult time accepting it.

The importance placed by our society on drinking milk, having cheese and yoghurt as a part of a balanced diet makes giving up dairy products a very difficult decision. We are all raised on milk, cheese, yoghurt, drinks made out of yoghurt, milk shakes and ice cream, and the list is almost endless.Yoghurt, due to its sourness and fermentation is damaging to the bones, to the digestive tract, creates inflammation and arthritis. This includes all fruit yoghurts and yoghurt desserts.

As many advertisements as there are promoting dairy products, there are also many organizations dedicated to exposing the dangers of consuming milk and other dairy products. This information is readily available to the public, simply check the internet by typing in “dangers of milk and dairy product”, and you might find some very useful information.

The calcium content convinces many parents to encourage their family members to consume milk and other dairy based products on daily basis. There are many ways to provide your body with the much needed and necessary calcium without having to depend on milk.

The dairy-free products you can enjoy to name a few are:

  1. Sesame seeds (280 mg, in one ounce)
  2. Steel cut Oatmeal (105mg, in 35g)
  3. White beans (100mg, in1/2 cup)
  4. Almonds (80mg, in one ounce)
  5. Edemame or soy beans (261mg, in one cup)
  6. Figs (55mg, in two figs)
  7. Broccoli (180mg, in one cup cooked)
  8. Sun flower seeds (50mg, in one ounce)
  9. and more…

 

Milk substitutes are available in abundance in almost all supermarkets. They are delicious and nutritious without the side effects of milk, rich in calcium and vitamin “D”. For example regular milk could be substituted for: Soy milk, Almond milk, Rice milk, Hemp milk, and many other milk substitutes to satisfy even the pickiest of children.


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