Upon becoming vegetarian, one of the very first things you'll hear people ask you is, "Are you going to keep drinking dairy milk? Because where else are you going to get calcium from?" Not even turning into a vegan and already receiving these questions and comments. Truth of the matter is that: 1. Dairy milk is not our only source of calcium, and 2. We do NOT need dairy milk! FYI: Just as the picture's (above) first fact, cows must become mothers in order to produce milk.
*Did You Know?*
Over 70% of the world population is lactose intolerant.
Not all vegetarians are going through the transition to become vegans, but healthier milk options are available. To name a couple, soy, almond, and rice milk are popular alternatives. There are even omnivores who drink these instead of dairy milk! There are occasions in which I eat dairy products (cheese, pastries, hot oatmeal) but I keep it under a small limit and I never drink dairy milk alone, the closest is hot oatmeal with cinnamon and fruit. Living in a home full of omnivores can also be challenging to stay away from dairy, but taking in small amounts are not as harmful as drinking and eating them on a daily basis. Next time you go grocery shopping, grab a carton of soy, almond, or rice milk and see what you think of the difference.
It takes the body 11 days to grow accustomed to a new food. This includes switching dairy milk to alternative, no-animal, lactose-free milks as well.
Keep a lookout for my next blog posts! Fall semester has ended and I have a fresh list of topics to write about, including milk alternatives. That will be really helpful information for vegetarian beginners or omnivores who are curious about being a little healthier. :)
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Hope you all make the most out of this Friday.
What kind of milk do you drink? :)