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Dairy as a Nutrition Source

Posted Mar 11 2011 11:41am

Recently I have been trying a diet richer in protein from dairy and eggs rather than poultry, and red meat. This was initially for convenience (as dairy and eggs are easy and quick to prepare) but more recently I have been sticking to it for the benefits I have felt in terms of wellbeing and metabolism.

Never being a person to have a issue tolerating dairy this was not a problem for me, I understand though some people react badly to dairy in general. This is something I will address later in the article though….
The easiest sources to consume which are very rich in protein and relatively low in fat are things like:

  • Cottage Cheese
  • Yoghurt
  • Milk
  • Cheese (especially those lower in fat and higher in protein)

With these we get the added benefit of the calcium content as well as the ease of use and lack of preparation time – I find this especially useful for breakfast and lunch when I am least likely to do any significant cooking and more likely to rely on stuff that can be grabbed from the fridge to throw something together.
When researching this  found some pretty interesting information about cultures who eat dairy regularly….. Ray Peat a health researcher recently put up an interesting article about Milk and Dairy and here are a few snippets that are particularly interesting:

When I traveled around Europe in 1968, I noticed that milk and cheese were hard to find in the Slavic countries, and that many people were fat. When I crossed from Russia into Finland, I noticed there were many stores selling a variety of cheeses, and the people were generally slender. When I lived in Mexico in the 1960s, good milk was hard to find in the cities and towns, and most women had fat hips and short legs.In recent years there have been studies showing that regular milk drinkers are less fat than people who don’t drink it.

The parathyroid hormone (PTH) is an important regulator of calcium metabolism. If dietary calcium isn’t sufficient, causing blood calcium to decrease, the PTH increases, and removes calcium from bones to maintain a normal amount in the blood. PTH has many other effects, contributing to inflammation, calcification of soft tissues, and decreased respiratory energy production.

This has always been my experience as those who are regular dairy eaters seem to have a stronger and more robust build. They also seem more virile, this could be down to their reduction in PTH levels or the metabolic boost that Calcium provides or even the added CLA and Butyric acid in their diets.

All I know is that I feel better when getting most of my protein from Dairy and Eggs, I also get some from Grass fed Beef a few times a week but mainly in the evening. It is easy to digest and very versatile – I love yoghurt and fruit in the morning and cottage cheese on potatoes or sweet potatoes…..

For those intolerant to dairy it seems that certain things are more easily tolerated and this can be built up. If you are coming from a dairy free diet and would like to consider trying to add some I would first start with Organic Yoghurt which is great for the gut and helps digestion. Using Butter is also worth trying, the butter seems to be least problematic as it has no Lactose or Casein (which are the usually substances that cause negative reactions in dairy) it also holds many benefits for health besides making for a great cooking fat. If you can get hold of it Raw Milk can also be worth a try as it is very nourishing and contains natural enzymes which help digestion. Always try to go for the best quality you can as a healthy animal will give the most nutritious end product.

With all the anti-dairy campaigns around it is easy to forget that Dairy has been used as a source of nutrition and provided health for many cultures for many years. It seems to be something that no one need exclude from their diets unless they find it to be extremely problematic – it could potentially be a source of nutrition that helps nourish the body and build the metabolism by regulating hormones.

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