When you embark on a plant-based journey it won’t be long before you’re confronted with the possibility that you may have a cheese addiction.
With so many delicious plant-based milk and yogurt alternatives, most people have made the switch.
Cheese is another matter.
Sure there are products like nutritional yeast that create mouth-watering ‘cheesey’ sauces, but it’s difficult to replicate melting cheddar and soft camemberts.
Here are 5 reasons why it’s worth addressing your cheese addiction… for the sake of your health and your waistline.
Dairy is a hormonal liquid…
and is thought to account for 60 – 80% of dietary estrogen consumed. Yes, we need estrogen but not this type. Many women find their hormonal issues settle down just by eliminating dairy.
Cow’s milk is designed to help a calf grow very big in a short amount of time.
This is achieved with the help of a hormone called insulin-like growth factor, or IGF-1. But dairy also increases IGF-1 in humans, even the dairy industry’s own studies show this. The problem is that IGF-1 is a powerful cancer promoter and has been linked to breast, lung, colon, and prostate cancers.
Casein, the main protein in milk, is also associated with cancer.
The China Study by Colin T Campbell, showcased his 40 plus years of researching the effect of casein, animal protein, and plant protein on cancer growth. The research showed that casein and animal protein increased the growth of tumors whereas plant proteins did not.
Dairy, along with meat & eggs, are the main sources of saturated fat which is considered to be harmful to our health.
The meat, dairy, and egg industries have gone to great lengths to fund studies that counter this argument, so make sure you find out who funded the research and take a look at the study design.
Many clients who experiment with going dairy-free for a few weeks find that their abdominal symptoms disappear.
This could be due to either lactose or the casein in the milk. Both of which have been found to cause digestive issues.
The Blue Zone study, which looked at the 5 healthiest, happiest, and longest-living populations still living today, eat some animal products. However, they ate it sparingly, focusing more on fruits, vegetables, legumes, and whole grains.
However, if you’re a woman over 40 who is struggling to release weight, I would definitely recommend a season of ditching dairy.
A few months of being dairy-free can often reveal it was the hidden weight loss saboteur, hormones settle down, plus constipation and bloating often disappear as well.
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