Many people are surprised when they learned that being a vegan means not consuming any dairy. I guess for some years, due to the propaganda of the milk industry, most people come to believe they must have milk for stronger bones. Though, many recent studies on milk consumption and osteoporosis have proved the opposite. Of course, just as nutrition is a dynamic field, there is no definite answer to this issue yet.
As I believe that people choose their diet based on their personal preference, childhood experience, eating habit, economical status, shopping habit, awareness of health, education etc, there is no one choice that is suitable for every one. But for us who do have an open mind and have the means to choose other alternatives, I would like to provide a few reasons for doing so:
If you are lactose intolerant or if you’re allergic, drinking milk doesn’t provide you necessary nutrients, instead, it might cause you great discomfort, and the diarrhea is also likely going to take away some nutrients from you body.
If you’re really concerned about the environment, you probably heard that factory farming contributes a great deal to the green house gas emissions, much more than all the transportation combined. So having cows to produce milk is not very environmentally friendly.
If you’re compassionate about animals, after you learned how the milk is produced commercially, you probably want to think twice before you buy a carton.
At least, that last reason was how I decided not to consume dairy any more. I used to love dairy ice-cream and some cheeses (non-dairy options aren’t available in China yet, or if they are, they’re imported and super expensive), but when I learned that cows have to been artificially inseminated constantly to produce milk, and their babies are taken away from them to make veals, I just felt that I didn’t like the idea, and I couldn’t continue consuming those products without feeling uneasy that I am also a part contributing to the cruel conduct that I don’t support. So I decided to make a change and look for alternatives. Besides the tradition of drinking soy milk in China, I also found lots of others, such as coconut milk, nut milk, seed milk and grain milk (rice milk, quinoa milk, barley milk… oh, you name it). So as long as you have a blender, it’s very easy to make them at home. ;)
Health Index: 5/5 (recommended every day)
Kitchen Gadgets: Blender
1 cup of mixed nuts and seeds (almonds, walnuts, cashews, pistachios, pecans, macadamia nuts, brazil nuts, peanuts etc, sesame seeds, sunflower seeds, pumpkin seeds etc)
1 liter of water
1. Soak nuts and seeds in a bowl and cover them with enough water and place it in the fridge over night.
2. Discard the soaking water and rinse the nuts and seeds in a fine sieve.
3. Throw them with1liter of water into the blender, and blend until they’re creamy and smooth.
4. If you want extra fine milk, filter the residue with cheese cloth. Otherwise, drink it as it is! I like whole foods and I hate to waste, so I do drink all of it!