What You Actually Gain From Cutting Dairy Out of Your Diet

You may want to reconsider that glass of milk in the morning or before bed


Dairy foods have been an increasingly controversial subject. Are they really such a good calcium and Vitamin D source? Many experts are not saying “no.” There is also more and more evidence that dairy can be harmful and should be avoided at all costs.[slideshow:102300]

Ice cream is perhaps the worst dairy product out there because of all the sugar, Dr. John Douillard, author of Eat Wheat says. Dairy, in general, has hard to digest proteins such as casein and lactose, which is sugar, he adds. Casein products are acid sensitive and thicken in the stomach.

You can test if you have a problem with dairy by doing a simple test. Dilute heavy whip cream, which is just fat and has no proteins or sugar that regular milk has, in water, Dr. Douillard says. If it’s easier for you to digest, then you may have lactose intolerance.

Cutting dairy out of your diet doesn’t mean never consuming milk or cheese again. This is not realistic, unless you have severe food allergies. “A little bit of milk as an adult is fine,” Dr. Douillard says. “Not full glasses of cold milk every day, but putting some in your tea or coffee, or having yogurt for breakfast.”

“Fermented foods, like milk, are meant to be consumed in small quantities,” Dr. Douillard says. There are several good reasons for that.

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