I had an interesting, yet frustrating, discussion on Facebook today. I made the simple statement that I am grain-free. Someone replied, “You eat no grains at all?” (I thought that’s what I said, but…) I replied, “No grains at all.” The same person responded, “So no rice, no nothing?” Still not sure what I had been unclear about, I replied, “No.” Again, the same person came back with, “So no quinoa or amaranth either?” Again, I said, “No grains.” It seems to have ended there (I hope). Apparently, not eating any grains is confusing for some people. So, I’m going to explain to you why I don’t eat grains.
I grew up drinking cow’s milk every day. There was always a gallon or two in the refrigerator and we drank it for breakfast, lunch, dinner, and with snacks. My parents and I never associated my perennial allergies with it; after all, I had been tested for allergies and milk never came up. My dad used low-fat powdered milk (which I thought was gross), but the thought of other types of milk never occurred to me (other than my trip to Egypt at age 16 where I was presented with buffalo milk, but that’s another story). It was not until recently that I started using full-fat coconut milk instead of cow’s milk. What are the advantages of using coconut milk over cow’s milk? Here’s a list of 5 advantages of coconut milk, plus some recipes.
In 1993, an advertising company developed the “got milk?™” campaign. It became the most successful commodity advertisement in history and still runs to this day. It has been incredibly influential on the way a generation of parents feeds their children. It seemed to validate the idea (around for even more generations) that humans need cow’s milk and other dairy products for essential health. But does the science validate this sentiment? Why do we think milk is healthy for human consumption?