Did you know that to be completely gluten-free you need to cut out processed dairy foods as well? It’s true! One of the biggest reasons is that cows in America are fed genetically modified, high-in-gluten grains. The gluten you’ve decided to give up is still being fed to cows and it affects all dairy products because of this – milk, cheese, butter and more.
Many people consider dairy as one of the necessary food groups for calcium and Vitamin D, which can make them hesitant to give it up. Actually, the idea that milk is the only source of calcium is a marketing myth fed to the public. However, if you are still uncertain about going dairy free, consider some of the follow facts from Houston Health and Wellness Center:
- Lactose in dairy is hard to digest for humans over three years of age. We go through a genetic down regulation in the production of this enzyme as a natural part of aging.
- The majority of dairy sold in the U.S. is genetically modified and loaded with hormones.
- The cows that produce the milk are not pastured, they are gluten fed.
- Most dairy products contain thickening agents made with grains.
- Skim milk is toxic. Fat is not unhealthy – only unhealthy fat is. The difference is in how the animal is fed. In the case of cows, grains are a primary staple. Fat derived from grain is highly inflammatory thus promoting and perpetuating chronic disease.
- Many products contain added sugar or artificial sweeteners and flavors. These chemicals are not conductive to good health.
- One of the main proteins in GMO dairy, casein, has been shown to contribute to autoimmune diseases of the skin including eczema and psoriasis. The same protein is strikingly similar in structure to gluten!
- Clinically speaking, people who go gluten/dairy free typically have faster recovery of illness than those only going gluten free.
If you decide to keep dairy in your diet only buy from a grass fed source. Most grocery stores will carry products that come from cattle that are grain/gluten fed and have extra hormones. Also, look out for the “organic” label. Thus usually just means that the cow was fed organic grain; it is still grain and it is still full of gluten.
If a change in diet is something you are looking for but don’t know where to start, schedule a Wellness Consultation with us today! We would love to sit down with you and help discuss your next step in a healthier lifestyle.