Milk, yes good old calcium-rich cow’s milk – what could be healthier? Well, if you are over the age of three, I’d say just about everything. Cow’s milk and the products made from cow’s milk (cheese, cream, etc.) were simply never designed to be consumed by humans.
If we open our minds and think about it rationally we would all soon realise that the milk of a cow was meant for a calf – not a human. Not convinced? Well, we are the only mammals on the planet that drink milk after weaning age – even cows don’t drink milk. Milk contains a protein called casein; it also, as you will no doubt be aware, contains calcium. However, what they don’t tell you is that casein and calcium are chemically bound together and in order for the protein to be used efficiently and calcium utilised properly, the body has to have a couple of digestive enzymes to split them up.
‘So what?’, you may be saying, ‘it’s all sounding a tad blah, blah, blahish.’ Well here’s the problem: after the age of three, the majority of us no longer have the enzymes that were meant for this job (another big clue as to why we shouldn’t be consuming it).
THE PROTEIN STUFF
Something else they don’t tell you either; the protein casein, is used as a base in one of the strongest wood glues – and cow’s milk has over 300 times more casein than human milk. This stuff sticks to the walls of your stomach, sticks to your intestines and creates an extremely mucous environment for many people. It prevents any good stuff you consume from being properly absorbed and hinders the elimination of wastes.
Isn’t it amazing how we can all be conditioned to believe something that, when looked at rationally, doesn’t make a blind bit of sense? I’m not saying don’t eat cheese ever again and I’m not part of the anti-milk police; if you want it – have it. Just don’t delude yourself into believing it’s a health food. It seems funny that the advertising slogan for milk read ‘Are you made of the white stuff’ when in fact we’re not made of the right stuff to deal with the white stuff!
THE CALCIUM STUFF
Much of the propaganda regarding milk has been about calcium and the danger of getting brittle bones if you don’t drink the stuff. What they know, but keep a little hush-hush, is that dairy products are not vital for good bone health. As Dr Tierry Brun points out, ‘The Chinese consume no cow’s milk or dairy products, yet they have among the lowest rates of osteoporosis in the world’.
Another fact that seems to be kept a little quiet is that all fruit and veg contain ‘usable’ calcium, with dark green leafy veg such as broccoli, spinach and kale being particularly rich sources. But it’s the humble onion that is your best bet against weak bones. A study from the University of Bern in Switzerland found that just one gram of onion a day is enough to strengthen your skeleton.
As you might have guessed you won’t find any cow’s milk or yoghurt in my smoothies (mind you, you won’t find any onion either). You will, however, find some live organic goats yoghurt in these smoothie recipes.
All juices and smoothies are incredibly powerful but for all you weight trainers and very active puppies out there, here’s two of the juice master’s muscle and energy builders.
A-me-know why it’s essential (That’s essential amino acids in case it passed you.) This is great for when you need some extra energy.
You will need
- 3 bananas
- Small handful of almonds
- 1 cup of live organic goat’s yoghurt (if you’re vegan just use a small cup of organic soya milk and add a teaspoon of live acidophilus)
- Large handful of fresh or frozen blueberries
- Large handful of ice
- Small glass of mineral water (if using soya milk instead of yoghurt, leave out the water)
What you do with it
This is such a quick and easy smoothie – there’s no need for your juicer here, just your blender. Simply put all the ingredients into a blender and blend for 45 seconds to 1 minute (or until nuts have been chopped enough).
Fact – Amino acids are the building blocks for protein. We need 23 in all, luckily we already have 15, but the other eight are what’s known as essential amino acids – without them we would soon perish, so pretty essential then! The good news is that just one banana has many of the essential amino acids we need and that’s before we’ve even started on the nuts!
THE POWER HOUSE
An old blend but still as big and powerful as ever! This choc-tastic power smoothie is specifically designed for all you budding body builders out there or those just looking to pack on a few more pounds.
You will need
- ½ pineapple
- 4 oranges
- ½ a lime (peeled)
- Handful of grapes (any colour, seeded or not)
- 2 bananas
- 1 cup of live organic goat’s yoghurt (if you’re vegan just use a small cup of unsweetened organic soya milk and add a teaspoon of live acidophilus)
- 1 heaped Tbsp of soya protein powder
- 1 tsp of Manuka active honey (if unavailable, use organic or whatever you have)
- 1 teaspoon of carob powder (if you hate the taste of chocolate skip this)
What you do with it
Peel the pineapple (unless it’s organic) and oranges, remembering to keep as much of the white pith on the oranges as possible. Juice the pineapple, lime, grapes and oranges and pour into blender. Add the bananas, yoghurt, protein powder, carob powder, honey and blend.