Got Fat?

Got fat? 

Now that I’ve learned more about dairy, that is how I would rewrite the milk slogan.

All my life I have had the belief that drinking milk was healthy for my body. But after reading and following researchers I have learned that much of that belief came from good marketing and strategy by the dairy industry.

Turns out dairy has more fat and sugar than I realized. It also has something else… casein. This fat, sugar, and casein are there because a cow’s milk is designed by nature to grow a cow. In addition, when we drink or eat dairy products we are taking in the hormones like IGF-1, insulin, estrogen, and progesterone that are naturally present in cow’s milk. These hormones trigger the overproduction of our own hormones.

You might be wondering why it matters. Dairy is implicated in many disease processes such as heart disease, some cancers, acne, eczema, asthma, allergic rhinitis, recurrent ear & sinus infections, and constipation.

Ditching dairy has become a sensitive topic both politically and personally. The dairy industry and food policy makers have told us for years that milk is good for us. Yogurt, cheese, milk, … for many families, it is a central part of their nutrition and parents and children alike are taught it is a truly healthy choice.   It is hard to believe that scientific research shows it is Not healthy. Who would believe that food policy makers would mislead people? 

Milk and cheese aren’t the only problem. We hear all the time to avoid trans fat. How many times do you see it on a nutrition label?

Trans fat comes from animal meat. Trans fat also comes from process of adding hydrogen to oil so it doesn’t spoil – that is the partially hydrogenated oils found in all kinds of processed foods: creamer, margarine, baked goods, snacks, fried foods, frozen pizza dough, cookie dough, coffee creamer, –  just to give you some ideas. Cheese is especially troublesome because it compacts the fat into extremely calorie dense bites. Not only that, dairy is addictive.

Don’t be surprised if you don’t see trans fat on the nutrition label. It is not required to be reported on the label if it is less than 0.5 gm per serving. The problem is, all those under reported trans fats add up. If you’ve are eating more than one serving of the same thing or eating more than one food containing it that isn’t reporting it, then you’ve got fat.

So next time someone asks got milk? Maybe we should be thinking, – got fat? 

If you do, there is hope. More and more people are discovering how they can help heal their bodies by consuming whole food, plant-based (WFPB) nutrition. This kind of nutrition eliminates high fat inflammatory animal products and focuses on non-processed plant foods which are full of nutrients and phytochemicals.  

What we eat is part of our lifestyle. Choosing to use food as fuel for our body affects our health.  So I say ditch the fat and eat more plants!  

Photo by Danika Perkinson

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