Taking Charge of Your Health

Hey everyone welcome back to another edition
of Ask the ND. I am Dr. Jeremy Wolf. People choose to go dairy-free for a number of reasons.
Allergies, lactose intolerance, health concerns and lifestyle choices such as concerns for
the way animals are treated are just a few examples of why. In today’s episode of Ask
the ND I am going to go over tips you can use when deciding to go dairy free. Dairy
is any product that is produced from milk. While there are common sources & and names of
dairy such as cheese, butter, milk, yogurt and ice cream there can also be hidden names
you aren’t aware of that means your product contains dairy. These include whey, casein,
caseinate, ghee, curds, lactose, lactulose and more. Because dairy is commonly used in
baking and other dishes if you are unsure if the food you are ordering contains milk it is best to ask if
there is any diary in the product. With the increasing awareness of allergens and popularity of hypoallergenic foods, there are plenty of replacements that chefs and restaurants are using. Let’s take a closer look at some of the dairy alternatives and their benefits. Here’s the rundown. After the coconut is
husked and halved, the pulp is pressed to release the tasty cream. It is then blended
with water and fortified with vitamins and minerals. Coconuts offer a delicious flavor
profile and it’s packed with medium chain fatty acidswhich can be burned as
energy and may help to promote weight loss. After shelling, almonds are grounded and then
blended with water and other ingredients such as, vitamins, and minerals. For individuals
looking for a milk alternative lower in calories, free of cholesterol and saturated fats, almond
milk is a great replacement to regular dairy milk. Almond milk also offers a good source
of vitamin A, D & E but does not supply much protein. Soy Milk as it sounds is made from
soy beans. Unlike almond milk, soy milk is a good source of protein, about 6-8 grams
per cup. Similar to almond milk it’s also low in saturated fats, cholesterol free & contains
vitamins such as Vitamin A & D. When fortified, soy milk also contains minerals such as calcium
and potassium. While there are some health benefits to soy some may choose to stay away
from soy due to varying health concerns and allergens. Rice Milk is made from blending
together milled rice and water, it can then be fortified with calcium and Vitamin D. If
you are an athlete or diabetic you may consider staying away from rice milk as it high in
carbohydrates and low in protein. However, if you are an individual with sensitivities
to many foods, rice is considered the most hypoallergenic of all the milk substitutes.
Hemp Milk is made by blending hemp seeds with water. The seeds or “nuts” used to make
hemp milk do not contain any THC which is the psychoactive component of marijuana. Hemp
milk is full of Omega 3 & Omega 6 Fatty Acids and even contains iron. Hemp milk is also
a great source of other vitamins and nutrients. Its flavor is said to be more creamy and nutty
than soy or rice milk. Cashew Milk is one of the newest milk alternatives on the market.
Cashew nuts are actually the seeds that adhere to the bottom of the cashew apple, the fruit
of the cashew tree. Cashews have a lower fat content than most other nuts and offer monounsaturated fats similar to what you find in olive oil. Cashews are cholesterol free, packed full
of vitamins and minerals and have high antioxidant content. When choosing a dairy alternative product look for products that are USDA organic, non-gmo, contain minimal sugars or are unsweetened. You also want to try to avoid a product called Carrageenan a polysaccharide that
is extracted from seaweed. Commonly used as a gelling agent, new animal studies are suggesting
that this product may be harmful to the gastrointestinal tract. Lastly, no matter what your reason is for going dairy free, the most important thing you can do is to read the entire ingredient label. Thank you for watching another addition
of ask the ND. Make sure to subscribe to our YouTube channel for weekly tips to help you
on your journey towards happy wellness. From all of us here at LuckyVitamin spread the

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