Is Almond Milk Better than Cow’s Milk (Part 2) : Exclusive Renegade Health Article

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Sometimes from the top, you can see a little more clearly.

After publishing the Almond Milk vs. Cow’s Milk question I answered the other day, I was reading through the comments and came across this one from Sandi:

“For nursing vegan mothers raw goats milk is the closest to mothers milk. Also for people who are still using a lot of dairy.. please read “The China Study” He did a lot of research and can turn cancer on and off with the amount of protein given… of which CASEIN from dairy being the worst. Cows milk was made for baby cows.. after they are weaned they don’t drink it anymore. Usually you do a good job answering questions, but I think you struck out on this one.”

Some of you might think that I’m going to break it down and explain why it’s wrong, but today that’s not the case.

I actually think Sandi is right about something… I did strike out on that question.

As I thought about what she wrote, I knew there was a lot more that I could have covered around almonds and dairy – and their relationship – that needed attention.

My conclusion was that the video format (no matter how much I outline or don’t) doesn’t always seem to capture everything I want to address and many times falls short when it comes to specificity and completeness.

As I move forward, I’m talking a serious look at how videos may not be the best way to spread accurate and detailed information about health. They’re a great way to share experiences with you, but I’m afraid I may mislead some of you with videos that – even though are planned – can easily become tangential and never go back to some of the key aspects that are necessary to pass along real, valuable information.

With that said, today, I want to revisit Almond Milk vs. Cow’s Milk and discuss some of the points that you thought needed to be answered more clearly.

I think you’ll find yourself much more satiated with these observations.

Here we go…

1. Surprised that I promote animal milk?

I can’t say I promote either milks here.

Too many nuts or too much dairy each have their negative effects on health. So I’m not promoting either one in particular, I just want to do my best and explain all the sides of the story.

One side that is unpopular in the vegan community is that dairy may have a place in the diet for some people. It may actually by highly beneficial – if not overdone. (Yes, regardless of what T. Colin Campbell believes.)

I know some of you may disagree with this, but I cannot ignore the benefit I received from goat’s yogurt when I was dealing with candida, low hormone levels and adrenal burn out. I’ve also heard many stories similar to mine that confirm it’s not all bad.

As for almond milk, this also may be effective for certain people at different times in their lives.

Unfortunately, diet is not black and white. “Don’t drink milk” and “drink all you want” aren’t always accurate decisions. Cultures have lived long eating a variety of different foods. This indicates to me that (1) the human body has some leeway and (2) food is not the only factor involved in incredible health.

So, am I promoting any milks, not really – I’m just giving you options based on study, experience and history.

2. Yes, almond milk has less chemical contamination than dairy.

Animal foods do tend to concentrate chemical compounds more than plant foods. So your almond milk is likely to have less contamination from chemicals than any other dairy product. This is a big plus for plant based milks – as long as you’re not allergic to nuts or make yourself allergic to them by overdoing it.

Lessening your chemical load is a good strategy for long term health, so less (or no) animal products may be better in the long run for some.

Keep in mind though, that excessively low cholesterol and hormone imbalances due to diet choices can be much more dangerous in the short term than the small amount of toxins you’ll find in animal milks or foods – if that’s how you choose to rebuild your body.

Everything in your diet is a balance or a play on what is best for you at the time. Blood tests and mentors usually turn out to be your best guides – not surfing the internet for answers.

3. How does almond milk and cow’s milk compare nutritionally (exactly?)

A few viewers asked for a more detailed breakdown of the nutritional differences between almond milk and cow’s milk.

I think that’s a great question, but there are some challenges to overcome.

First, I don’t have any data on raw almond milk. I have access (as do you) to the nutrition facts from Blue Diamond Almond Milk (or other processed milks), but this is not a natural product. It is fortified with vitamins A and D, plus calcium and potassium – at least Blue Diamond is.

You could look at the nutrition facts of raw almonds, but I’m unaware (and I’m assuming you are too) of the amount of nutrition that is left in the pulp when you strain out the milk.

So I don’t really know the exact nutrition content of almond milk.

As for cow’s milk, we run into a similar situation. There’s not much confirmed data on the nutrient content of dairy from free range animals. We know that omega 3 content jumps by 2-4 times and I’m sure minerals do as well (since they’re eating grasses instead of corn.)

I haven’t been able to find a place that gives exact details of nutrition in raw, whole cow’s milk that I can confirm are accurate (you can find a source or two online, but they’re not sourced.)

So where does this leave us?

We can compare cow’s milk to almonds and get an idea of the differences…

Cow’s milk has more sodium, but possibly less magnesium and potassium. It has more Vitamin D, Vitamin A and Omega 3 oils.

Almond milk has more Omega 6 oils, more minerals like magnesium and potassium, more folate and more fat overall.

That’s about as accurate as I can get, so I hope you find that more valuable than my discussion the other day here.

4. Phytic acid in almonds… big deal?

Phytic acid is found in many plant foods and there is a concern that since it binds to phosphorus and other minerals that it may chelate (or at least inhibit the absorption of) minerals.

There have been some human studies that suggest this is possible, but at the same time, I question the validity of them. One study measured iron absorption of people in developing countries after eating cereal porridge. The amount of iron they absorbed decreased. My concern with the study is that people in developing countries tend to have a hybrid of native and western diets. These include their traditional foods with the addition of white flour, sugar and salt. I would like to see the study repeated with daily consumption of green juices, fresh salads, sea vegetables, etc. to see if it would alter the outcome.

Another study abstract states, “Thus, in order to evaluate mineral absorption from phytate-rich products, all components of diet and food interactions should be considered and it is hard to predict mineral bioavailability in such products by using only the phytate content.”

What this basically means is that there’s more to the phytic acid argument than phytates in, minerals out.

I think based on the research I’ve read, there is a possibility that too many nuts, seeds or vegetables containing phytic acid can be a problem – almond milk included.

How much is too much?

The best way to find out is check your iron levels periodically. If they’re staying normal, you’re in good shape. If they drop, drop the almond milk.

5. If you’re going to drink animal milk, goat’s milk is better than cow’s.

I wrote an entire article about this here.

In summary, according to Donna Gates and other health researchers, cow’s milk has a different type of casein than human or other animals like goat or sheep.

The type of casein (which is a milk protein) in cow’s milk in the U.S. and many places around the world is A-1 type casein. The type of casein in human milk and other animals like goat and sheep is A-2.

Basically, the separation of these two categories A-1 and A-2 from a dietary perspective is how digestible they are.

A-2 casein is much easier for humans to digest.

A-1 casein from cow’s milk is one of the factors (along with lactose intolerance) that cause digestive unease in a good deal of our global population – at least those groups that eat milk and cheese.

So if you are going to eat dairy, goat’s or sheep’s is best and you may want to ferment it to make sure the lactose content is reduced.

6. Should you drink packaged Blue Diamond Almond Milk?

I’d prefer that you don’t drink this processed almond milk. It’s not fresh and contains natural flavors (which we have no idea of their origin) as well as calcium carbonate – which has been shown to cause kidney stones.

It’s best to make your own fresh almond milk.

If fact, I’d recommend drinking no milk before suggesting this product as a healthy alternative.

7. Almond mylk is much better than cows milk because…

Here’s another comment I want to address…

“Almond mylk is much Better than cows milk because: almonds are the least acidic nut and least likely to cause mucous in the body comparatively to other nuts. Added with lecithin you absorb more of the good fats. Cows milk is chemicals, hormones and a plethara of horrible ingredients which should not be consumed by humans. It is a shame you didn’t touch on hemp mlyk especially about the ratio of omega 3 and 6 it being in the idea ratio for us and all the emmense benefits of hemp.”

A few points on this comment…

First off, I want to say that a little bit of mucus is a good thing. There’s a myth – the mucusless diet – that promotes no mucus is a good thing. The truth is, your body needs a little but of mucus to help move everything along. Imagine your food moving through your intestines without a thin lining of mucus. Yeah, I know… it wouldn’t.

Second, on this statement “cow’s milk is chemicals, hormones and a plethara or horrible ingredients”…

It’s not exactly true. It’s spoken from emotion, not from fact. Yes, cow’s milk may have more chemicals, but if you get milk from free range animals it will not have a bunch of additional nasty hormones, nor will it have all the horrible ingredients either. It may have casein and lactose which many cannot digest, but they’re hardly horrible ingredients – just ask a calf.

(BTW: Because of casein and lactose, I recommend that if you do eat dairy products you eat dairy from ruminants (sheep, goat) and ferment them to break down the protein and sugar.)

Finally, dairy from a free range animal has much more omega 3 than the milks that are studied – this can be 2-4 times more. Hemp milk may not be in a perfect ratio because many experts argue about what the ratio should be. Some say 3:1, some say 2:1 and others say 1:1.

I do like hemp milk, but just like other milks, I don’t think it should be eaten all the time.

The reason I point out this comment is because in the past I’ve wanted to say the same things. Over time I’ve evolved from a more emotional view of health to one that is based on experience, research, and willingness to adapt for the better.

I think all diet pursuits are noble; I can’t say I’ve finished all my experimentation – but what I do want to express to you is how important listening, questioning and experiencing can be.

8. A note about Brazil nuts and a final thought about all nut milks…

Jean says:

“I was a little concerned about the person using Brazil nuts to make a drink. Brazil nuts, (while wonderfully nutritious) are very high in selenium. No more than one or two Brazil nuts should be consumed daily to avoid excessive accumulation of selenium in tissues.”

Jean, thanks for the comment!

I agree that Brazil nuts should be eaten in small quantities (like all nuts) and Brazil nut milk or any nut milk may not be the best choice for everyday use.

That’s it for me…

I hope you enjoyed this re-visit of the initial posting and found it to be more detailed and accurate! In fact, I want to know if you did…

I want to know your thoughts: Comparatively, which piece did you like better? This article or the video? (Please don’t say both! LOL!)

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Kevin Gianni

Kevin Gianni is a health author, activist and blogger. He started seriously researching personal and preventative natural health therapies in 2002 when he was struck with the reality that cancer ran deep in his family and if he didn’t change the way he was living — he might go down that same path. Since then, he’s written and edited 6 books on the subject of natural health, diet and fitness. During this time, he’s constantly been humbled by what experts claim they know and what actually is true. This has led him to experiment with many diets and protocols — including vegan, raw food, fasting, medical treatments and more — to find out what is myth and what really works in the real world.

Kevin has also traveled around the world searching for the best protocols, foods, medicines and clinics around and bringing them to the readers of his blog RenegadeHealth.com — which is one of the most widely read natural health blogs in the world with hundreds of thousands of visitors a month from over 150 countries around the world.

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  1. Niraja Golightly says:

    I really like the written article better. It’s much easier for you to address things thoroughly, and for me to skim the info I am already well aware of in great detail. It’s also much harder to skip to those parts in the video that I’m interested in, and sometimes I have limited amounts of time and don’t have the time or focus to listen to the whole video right then.

  2. Tara Burner says:

    I like the written article better….more info and I can speed read whereas I can’t fast forward/listen to a video the entire time 🙂

  3. I agree that your videos may not allow enough time to cover topics in depth. I like your audio stuff. Podcast?

  4. Lea says:

    Just wanted to let you know why I dont want to get your guys newsletter anymore: I liked your blog and your video posts at the beginning, and while you try to be sensible about the whole “lets not obsess over health” thing every time you mention animal products you go on about how some people say they might not be completely bad for your health (for heaven’s sake, what in the world is 100% bad in all cases ever?), but your complete denial of all other parts of veganism is pissing me off so badly now.
    Of course you got the right to ignore that part of the picture, but I just don’t see why I’d want to be “Informed” by someone with such a biased speciesist view.

  5. Jen says:

    Thumbs up to the written article, Kevin. I especially appreciate the comment “but what I do want to express to you is how important listening, questioning and experiencing can be.” – people should listen to their bodies more too.

  6. Roger says:

    A1 and A2 milk.
    Guernseys are known to produce A2 milk. Jerseys produce a higher proportion A2 than Holstein. Asian and African cattle produce A2.

  7. Sathlin says:

    Dairy is still rape. Rape over and over again.
    The dairy industry is MUCH worse then the meat industry. Do your research.

    But i don’t see how rape, cannibalism and lifelong slavery is a good thing.
    And don’t buy into the grass fed crap. It is all a lie. There is no government body overseeing any of these claims.

    When there is money to be made, the animal will always suffer. They are a unit of profit.
    Humanemyth.org will give some info on the humane lie.

  8. Thea says:

    Kevin,PLEASE the recipefor the Honey/Mustard salad dressing from Annmarie. PLEASE ! ! !

    Thea thear@shaw.ca

  9. Carol says:

    What exactly is the difference between free range milk and organic milk??

  10. Coco says:

    Written, though video is a great format for certain article, like field trips and special guests etc.
    It sounds to me as though you have used dairy therapeutically to treat a specific condition in which case I would consider it medicine rather than food ;). I do agree that there are many things I wouldn’t eat on a regular basis that I would consume as medicine when needed. I try to make ethical choices always but I also don’t let dogma dictate those choices so if dairy seemed to be something that would benefit our health, we would have it.
    Here’s a link with some interesting info on just what “natural flavouring” means. Not only is that almond milk not fresh, it may not even be vegetarian!
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8J_uSMGvrwg

  11. Yvonne says:

    I prefer the written articles for the same reasons mentioned above. You’re very rushed in your videos and it stresses me out. I do like the videos on food preparation, its great to see you and Annemarie working together on them. I’m looking forward to the 7 Day Raw Food Challenge.

  12. Melanie says:

    I prefer the written article, because I can read it on my lunch at work (I can’t play the video at work) and I can cut and paste the good information to my “notebook”

    I drink mostly water but like the following:

    Coconut Milk – Fermented SoDelious brand
    Raw Milk

    I prefer to eat my almounds with a little
    dark organic chocolate form Dr Mercola

    Pasturized milk & most Ice Creams make my face breakout with pimples.

  13. Jessy D-W says:

    I feel I need to address the comment made about the China Study and the negative effects of casein. There are two types of caseins, and the casein that has been linked to the issues of concern is casein type 1, which is found in the newer breeds of cows like Holstein. Casein type 2 is found in the older breeds of cows, such as Jersey, Asian and African cows (called A2 cows).
    Here is a good article on this:
    http://thebovine.wordpress.com/2009/07/10/mercola-advocates-raw-milk-discusses-a1-a2-beta-casein-in-connection-with-autism-diabetes-heart-disease-etc/

  14. Rachel says:

    I’m SO grateful that you (Kevin and Ann Marie) are putting yourselves out there in such a raw, honest way. You admit your mistakes, you are open to learning new information, and you take us on the journey With you. I personally have an emotional desire to be vegan. But as I have specific health issues that may require me to be a flexitarian (I’m still experimenting to see what my needs truly are), it’s unbelievably beneficial to know that it’s not all in my head and if my health is suffering, I need to put that first, as painful as that is for me. As to your question, I enjoy your videos tremendously and I hope that they will continue; however, in this case, the article worked best (in my opinion) because you provided in depth information and I feel I learned much more about milks. Perhaps certain topics will need less detail and will be better suited to videos and other topics better suited to articles? In any case, thank you for all you do and much <3 being sent your way!

  15. Anna21 says:

    Calcium carbonate can cause kidney stones??? I didn’t know that. I think I’ll stay away from Blue Diamond & make my own nut milk. I have enough health issues to deal with.

    I’ll check out your article on goats milk. Maybe that could help me too.

    Thanks Kev!

  16. Lisa Gallo Argueta says:

    I am still confused about what water to dring. I know that Spring is the best but I do not live close to any wells. I was told by my dentist that I am acidic and that it could be the reverse osmosis water(which is acidic) I am drinking since I have a very healthy diet. What are your thoughts on reverse osmosist vs carbon filters?

  17. suzanne says:

    Would much rather read than watch for the reasons #1 gave.

    Off topic Kevin, I wrote a week ago to your “help” about some ?’s about the blood test program offered of which I purchased. Please could you take a few moments to address my comments. Its “..about in tears” in the subject line.

  18. Pauletta says:

    Great article Kevin. I just love that you question and have an open mind about all the food myths.

  19. Candice says:

    I really like getting the written information. I can easily return to certain points and skim others. But that’s just how my brain works. For more detailed information, I like to read.

    Thanks for doing this very detailed breakdown. I don’t know that almond vs dairy is any more productive than all raw vs high raw. As you’ve presented here, it’s more complicated than a simple either/or.

  20. lisa says:

    yes, definitely better the vague video. that’s really been bothering me. however, one thing that is MISSING is some comparison to coconut milk in this more detailed article.

    i’ve come to the conclusion that alternating between homemade almond milk and coconut milk is what i have to do to avoid over-consuming one thing. the big nut orgy has always bothered me about the whole raw thing and one big reason why i’ll never be 100% raw.

    i just know too much about the dairy industry to participate in milk-milk purchases, but i guess if you know a nearby small farm, then that’s a different story.

  21. I LOVE the article format. I totally agree with Niraja and Tara.

    I am really grateful to have discovered your blog. After experiencing raw foodism as religious, intolerant, and judgmental from several different adherents I was starting to feel disheartened and cynical. I still eat mostly raw foods but have become much healthier after incorporating a few animal food and cooked foods back into my diet. It’s great to see I am not the only one who rejects a black-or-white view on raw foods.

    Thank you so much for all of your work and being sensitive and encouraging.

  22. Nick says:

    Humans are not suppose to consume cows milk, period. Cows milk is for calfs. if your thirsty drink water.

  23. JT says:

    I don’ always agree with everything you say, but I don’t want to throw the baby out with the bath water either. I like the written articles more. I do enjoy a video now and then too. I really appreciate that you are not a vegan freak, but do promote raw foodism. So many vegans get actually angry if you don’t agree with them, or “speak their language.” I don’t get the whole anger thing. Let’s just all learn together…ok?

  24. maree says:

    I didn’t had problem with the video but I think the written article is very clearly and I do believe that discussions is a good way to ‘refine’ what we think. You may think you are rigth today but some time soon with more information you can change you mind….this is the beauty of life, we dont need to be stuck in our own point o view. Way to go Kevin….

  25. Donna says:

    I much prefer reading to watching a video. it takes less time and I don’t have to worry about the quality of the audio. But if some subscribers do not read English or do not read well, that will obviously be a problem for them.

  26. Sam says:

    “First off, I want to say that a little bit of mucus is a good thing.”

    More than that Kevin, without mucus your stomach acid would eat right through the lining and wall and do unbearable damage. Mucus is vital to living.

  27. Dianne says:

    Why are humans the only adult animals that drink cow’s milk? Why do the US and European countries that consume the most milk and diary products (regardless if it is factory farmed or free range/organic) have more diabetes, cancer, obesity and osteoporosis?
    The diary industry (regardless if it is factory farmed or free range/organic) created the veal industry, and we all know how the baby cows are raised and treated.

  28. christine says:

    Hi Kev

    I preferred the article for the reasons people have already stated – so I wont repeat them.

    I grew up on a dairy farm but was allergic to cows milk (really triggered my asthma) so my father purchased 2 milking goats. My parents switched me to this with no problem and i was given goats milk until i weaned myself from all milk by deciding i didnt like it any more around the age of 9-10 years. They continued to milk the goats as word got out around our small town and people would come to get it for their children with allergies and eczema. I am a lot older now (50) so this was before you could buy it in the supermarket. Anyway, long story to say I am agreeing that if someone wants to drink animal milk, goat is best. Although I dont personally recommend or drink any milks except rice milk.

  29. hey Kevin

    Thanks for being dedicated to education. Lots of good comments.

    Written word is better for details, video for demos .

    I liked the comment differentiating between food as medicine and food as food.

    My clinical experience tells me that the only dairy that is safe to consume is raw, cultured non cow milk in small quantities for reversal of specific imbalances.

    The “need” to substitute nut milk for cow milk is cultural not biological.

    thanks

    Dr. Ritamarie
    drritamarie.com

  30. Jean says:

    I think a lot of the dairy issues can be cleared up by the website realmilk.com. Raw milk is a totally different food from pasteurized, grain fed, antibiotic fed and hormone injected. One person mentioned the various breeds and their A1 or A2 casein status. Good job. For more info, “The Devil in the Milk” should enlighten those interested in the technical details. On store shelves in New Zealand the milk is labeled A1 or A2 (I’ve heard). Best cow milk is from the traditional breeds, Jersey, Short Horn etc. Better than that is goat’s milk or sheep and I’ve even had raw camel’s milk. You can find farms on realmilk.com.
    Good luck everyone.

    P.S. I have one beef or more to pick about the new food pyramid… they have SOY MILK under the dairy grouping. Come on folks! Beans and animal milk is not even in the same genus. Ridiculous!

  31. JT says:

    Sathlin….since when does the government have accurate information on food and wellness? The FDA are the rapists.

  32. Jackie says:

    I thought the video was a bit vague and really didn’t answer the question (as you recognized). This article was a great way to address the issue in more detail.

    I suppose I am biased since I belong to a cow-share program and I get raw, grass fed milk each week. The taste is completely different than grocery store, even organic, milk. I culture most of it to make kefir.

    I have stopped believing the China Study book has much to offer about health and longevity. Here is just one example of why: http://rawfoodsos.com/the-china-study/

  33. Caroline says:

    Definitely agree about the preferred written format. I tend to neglect the video option on this site as I tend to feel that there is not enough info expressed. Articles are however well written and I feel more drawn into them, more info and I feel satisfied that the question has been answered. I thought this was just me!

  34. Lea says:

    @JT

    “Let’s just all learn together…ok?”

    Kevin still promotes something with an educational website, obviously.
    While he’s taken criticism, all the “what about the ethical side of veganism??” comments have been completely ignored, and that is hardly doing anything “together”.

    Even IF there was the question of whether dairy was healthier than none (which there really isn’t, no diary clearly does not harm humans, or 80% of the world population wouldn’t be allergic to it, which is only natural) there still would be cruelty to animals. And of course you can go and say “my health is more important than suffering/well-being of other animals” but at least say it out loud and address it.

    Dairy is unnecessary, unhealthy and simply weird (not quite David Wolfe’s Ant secrete but close), but even if it wasn’t, as long as we can be healthy without it, clearly the more ethical and moral thing to do is to keep it away from our bodies.

  35. lori says:

    I prefer the articles over the video by a long shot. In fact, except for the cooking demos (Kevin and Annmarie are enjoyable to see together in these), I’ve stopped watching the videos altogether. If that’s all that is sent out for the day, then I delete the e-mail link and move on with my day. However, if there’s an article to go to, I find myself reading just about every one of them including the comments (as you can see), copying pertinent info to my personal file. So, if I’m to continue to ‘follow the Renegade Health Show,’ then I will need the written content.

    I’ve learned a lot since I’ve signed on with this newsletter, and I hope I can keep learning a lot more!

  36. Jennifer says:

    I definitely like the written format better, it is easier to read and review at one’s own pace, rather than try to keep up with or replay the video. Plus, as you mentioned, with the written format you are not bound by time or length. I do enjoy your videos, but the article format gets my vote.

    Question: What milk, or liquid, would be best to have with cereal for breakfast on a daily basis?

    I currently use almond milk, but now you have me rethinking my choice and wondering what a healthy replacement would be.

    I would appreciate any suggestions you may have. Thank you!

    Jen

  37. barbara says:

    I was going to mention the same as #20 I drink coconut milk and almond milk mostly homemade. Use the almond pulp in raw crackers and cookies. Hemp milk store bought. I do not have a recipe for it yet.

    I also agree with those saying cow’s milk is for cows, sheep’s milk is for sheep etc. and when they are babies.

    Humans are the only species that once they are weaned off mother’s milk drink milk. We are obsessed with dairy products, which is brainwashing by the dairy industry.

    We do not have the same enzymes and all that is necessary as the animals the animal milk’s come from to digest their milks anyways, hence allergies, imflamation, and acessive mucous.

    When I first heard about the mucous association with dairy I cut it out. No more congestion/phlem in my throat and chest. I was vegetarian at the time moving towards vegan as I was learning more about how to be vegan for ethical reasons and this put me over the top.

    If anything we should drink human breast milk which our bodies were made for,if people insist on animal milk, but people see this as taboo and I can only wonder why. It’s the perfect match.

    It’s unethical to drink another animals milk b/c the baby animals are taken from their mothers within the first 24 hours, bottle fed to get their mother’s back into production. This may not be true at all the organic farms, but it is definitely true in non organic dairy farms. I’ve witnessed it. And those slated for veal, new born baby cows after steady on their fee are chained in dark lofts (I’ve personally seen this), or chained to sheds out in freezing fields out west for 3 months.

    So man has found a way to bring this into “his” diet; it harms the animals and humans.

    Kevin,
    I wonder if further research wasn’t available at the time of your adrenal burnout to drink something else other, or do something else for it other than raw goat’s milk to help you. My daughter and I have not been told by our natropaths to consume raw goat milk, we are using other processes.

    I like the videos but if you are limited to just 10 minutes(why?) then I agree, the important topics with alot of info and details needs the articles.

    Even though I do not agree with you sometimes it is important to see and hear all sides of the topics. Why people would bail from your blog because they disagree is truly a loss for them.

  38. Diane says:

    Please go to http://www.notmilk.com to learn the truth about organic free range milk and raw milk, neither of which should ever be consumed. Click on the newsletter scroll to read a wealth of information from someone who has done more research on the affects of drinking milk than pretty much anyone.

  39. Kevin, thank you so much for sharing. I like your videos and I also enjoy your blogs. I always learn something of value in what you share. Today I learned about phytic acids. I did not know about that until you shared it here. I am low in iron and I was consuming alot of organic raw almonds as well as almond milk in a blueberry almond smoothie as well as menstruating sooooo I see how this made things a problem now. LOW IRON. tada! You just enlightened me on a food source that was most likely causing me a problem with my iron levels. According to what you shared about phytic acid foods. I will now go and google other phytic acid foods. I just went to get blood work to test my iron today and I will find out how my levels are.

    Thank you for sharing. You never know what wisdom you share – how it could totally help someone out. Your wisdom and sharing it can heal others who are not aware of something so simple.

    Thanks a million Kevin! Keep sharing I appreciate all that you do!

  40. Mist says:

    I prefer the article over the video; the information is better conveyed. I applaud your effort in constantly improving on what you do. Keep up the great work!

  41. JT says:

    I wonder if people restating the comment about once animals are weaned they don’t drink milk have ever raised animals. That comment is NOT true and I can say that because I raise a lot of different animals. They absolutely DO drink milk at different ages from whoever is on the paddock, who is in milk and will let them. I’ve seen this with sheep and cows and goats! For real, this is getting ridiculous how this comment is repeated. How do we stop this untrue comment from being repeated?

  42. Tina says:

    Hi all. I always enjoy reading the vast range of views – its what makes the world go round!

    I have been a sinus sufferer for many years so decided to do an experiment. I went completely vegan for 8 months to see what would happen. Yes, my sinus cleared up! All that extra mucous which would cause me to snore at night (poor husband) disappeared. I then reintroduced dairy to my diet and guess what? Sinus problem again. My issue is that I love dairy. Cheese, sour cream etc yum yum! I am trying to cut down my dairy consumption again to try and control my sinus problem but am struggling with the desire and convenience of eating dairy. I think one day at a time is going to be the answer.

  43. Lynn says:

    I guess I just don’t find milk much of a necessity. I’ve thought for years it was strange to drink animals milk for me. If I can get what milk has in some other way, I want to. I did try soaking some almonds and some sunflower seeds to make a cheezy spread, but it hasn’t worked out. Maybe, not supposed to. Personally, I find it hard to get all the fruits and vegi’s in.

    I have a hard time keeping up with you on your videos, Kevin, but can always re run them, so either is fine. I’d rather always see a face talking with me as in a conversation…..I got it. Write the article, and read it or sort of read it and publish it too. Not everyone is cut out for spontanious relating of a subject on camera. You might find it more relaxing. I would. Love that you are willing to give us all your knowlege and insite, howevah…xxooLynn

  44. Diane says:

    @Tina, Daiya vegan cheese solved the cheese problem for me; it tastes incredible and it melts! Soooo much better than any other!

  45. Edith says:

    Definitely prefer written. I love the China Study…great book and I think most informative. Didn’t know about the casein 1 vs 2, but wonder which casein they use in glue. CSPI refutes some of the negative comments regarding milk consumption, though I have some doubts about the research. (using rats and calcium intake from supplements etc.)

  46. Bill says:

    I was wondering if all of this necessary, I would like to see a study down on humans given different foods to eat blind folded if they can’t guess what it is then tell them that it was something completely different then what they really ate and do a blood test to see if there was a reaction to the real food or to the lie food.

  47. Ray says:

    Articles in words is a definite plus for data and details and sometimes for technical or unfamiliar terms (for newbies like me). Leave the videos for processes and procedures. The added advantage of the “printed” words is the possibility of fast/photo reading for the time-challenged. If I am to view every video I like, it would take up every minute of the rest of my life, plus maybe a few dozen of afterlives!

    For completeness and peace of mind, the presence or otherwise of arsenic (cyanide?) might be mentioned. And the question of pectin/phytates could best be further drilled in another instalment. But overall, I think the article is a huge success. Thanks and keep them coming.

  48. Jane says:

    Written one! “cause I have problems to open the video.

  49. Ray says:

    A typo in 46: “pectin” should read “lectin”

  50. Heike says:

    Thank you for that.Yes many views.Rudolf Steiner also had his views on milk.
    In Sweden Where I have lived the last 10 years and where people are raised on milk there has been a lot of research done on the benefits of Oat Milk.Have you read some of it?
    Appreciate all you do and thanks for who you are.
    Cant join the 7 day Raw Challenge as hoped, have paid, as my new week starts with 2 funerals.Plus it is the middle of winter here and I will do it in Spring.Something to look forward to.
    Good luck to all.
    Many thanks Heike in New Zealand

  51. Felix says:

    I prefer the written article. You also seemed to come a lot closer to answering the original question.

  52. Beth says:

    As someone mentioned, not all Cow milk has A1 protein. Holstein cows — the predominant breed in the dairy industry has predominantly A1 protein, but smaller farms often breed other varieties (Guernsey, Jersey, etc) which have the A2 casein protein like goats and sheep. The A1 protein is the main trigger of dairy allergies.

    Plus if you have a raw safe source for grass-fed dairy, the enzymes are still present to help break down the protein, which is why those with allergies can often abide raw dairy.

  53. John D says:

    Hi Kevin,

    Thanks a lot for this amazing article comparing all the milks. I was wondering what’s your opinion on Alpiste milk. I’m researching a drink I could drink safely everyday and my choices are Oat milk and Alpiste milk.

    Any suggestions?

    Thanks!

    John 🙂

  54. Anieta says:

    Whatever your belief, your body will tell you what works and doesn’t work for you. Everyone is different and every body has different needs. That’s what I like most about your vids and posts Kevin. Good work.
    On the same note, the real benefits from any food is what your body absorbs.
    I’ve understood from Donna Gates that any nut milk is probably not good because of the enzyme inhibitor – so it’s best to make your own nut milk from soaked nuts, not raw. That way you do get the benefits of the nuts and its milk.
    Rice milk on the other hand is not required to soak, so apparently that one is easier to diigest and absorb. I think hemp can probably be put in that category as well.
    I’d love to see some nutritional facts on this as it’s obviously a ‘hot topic’.
    To answer one person’s question: free range means the animals have room to walk and move around, only organic means they get fed organic feed. Cheers!

  55. David says:

    I like to change it up from almond milk and hemp milk. There is no calcium carbonate or natural flavors on the ingredients which is great! For myself i have had allergies to Dairy products since i was a child. The mucous myth is true although having asthma as a child i could not do dairy from cows milk. Dairy from cows milk also gave me hives and skin rashes. My mom gave me goats milk as an alternative. I feel every individual has there own reactions or benefits when it comes to cows milk or any dairy products.

  56. Hazel says:

    This article clearly addressed the issues much better and more thoroughly. That’s not to say videos can’t be useful. It happens. Time factor could have been an issue as you stated. At any rate, this article had much more information for your readers.

  57. Chandra says:

    Written! …love how you break the complicated stuff down, learning more and more from you all the time on things I have been confused on. Love all the comments as well and learning from your (mostly – lol) smart, caring, and willing to share followers….so a big thanks to those who take the time to share from your heart and experience….you just never know how much you might be helping someone else! Peace

  58. mike says:

    yes written is nice n faster thank u

  59. Lourdes says:

    Kevin, I really admire your intellectual honesty. Hang in there.

    To the hardcore, never-touch-an-animal vegans: one thing is milk’s effect on the body, another thing is how we treat animals. First you gather the information in an unbiased manner. Later, everyone decides for themselves what to do with it. Don’t bring your ideology to the fact-finding phase, or you will be making the same mistake your adversaries do (the milk promoters).

    Thank you to the person who pointed out that animals will consume milk after weaning, given half a chance. This was a breath of fresh air (reality).

    We have got to back off this position of obsessively analyzing every micronutrient and reaction. We will never know it all. Humans have never known these things (and the oldest ones still don’t–see Kevin’s article about the long-lived peoples).

    Pure unpolluted food (admittedly, hard to find), a balanced approach to life, and listening to our bodies has got to give us the answer.

  60. estheraida says:

    Keven, I could not say it better than Mist. But keep sending the vedeos also. Love to see your cat interfering. I have a cat name Feliciana. She is only in my dreams, but I made a poetry for her and publish it on Poetry.com She you guys tomorrow at the Expo. right? Aida

  61. Lourdes says:

    Thank you, Kevin! The wheels are turning over here too.

    I just want to bring something up that is rarely remarked upon (as far as I can tell). We all know how the China Study found that rats/mice (whatever they were) that were given a carcinogen (aflatoxin) developed cancer 100% of the time with a 20% animal protein diet, and NOT A SINGLE TIME with a 5% animal protein diet.

    The part that is never mentioned is that the no-cancer rats did eat SOME animal protein.

    So while lots of animal protein is bad, a little bit might not be… at least with regard to tumor growth. Based exclusively on this study, you cannot conclude that you cannot eat any animals.

  62. teethy says:

    Actually i not realy know what to believe. If there is a clear site which animals are raised fairly. And how animals can be raised fairly. Maybe in small amounts. people from vega e.k. recommend zedarnutmilk. you can cook it or make it raw.

    im unsure…iheard horse milk is closest to human breast milk. if someone wanna clear me up on which cows are healthy and which breeds produce a2 or a1 cassein thank you!

    my contact is emil@sonnenkinder.org

  63. Christy Bull says:

    Hi Kevin !
    I think your updated and revisited article was very good. I do like printed articles simply because I can read what you are saying and can go back as much as necessary and have the time to take notes etc.

    One thing about Youtube (is that the company that you say you use?) is that they upped the video time from 10 mins. to some that I have seen 15-20 mins. Not sure why this shouldn’t apply to you. I’m sure you are aware of this cause you are tech saavy, but in the event you were’nt aware please check this expanded option out.

    Keep up the great work you do!
    Christy

  64. Hilary says:

    Thanks for the great explanation Kevin, I really appreciate your willingness to address this stuff. For the same reason as many others, the written word is better for me. I love your site, but sometimes I don’t have time to watch. This way I was able to speed read and take in what was important for me.

    For me personally, my children were both breast feed, and then given goats milk. They are both now in primary. One of them will have cows milk if opportunity presents, whereas the other one doesn’t like it, and has almond milk (homemade) or rice milk (bought).

    Have been meaning to try making other milks, was thinking of giving hazelnut a go, and might also try making hemp.

  65. Steph/Cliff says:

    Thank you Kevin, you are so down to earth and honest. I enjoy your videos on some topics, and would miss them, but prefer the more in-depth explenations of your writings. Great stuff keep it all going.

  66. Jessica says:

    I also prefer the written articles for all the reasons already mentioned. Plus I think you come off more professional and serious in writing. I also want to second that comment that their are many breeds of cows that produce the easier to digest form of protein (at least here in Europe and I’m sure on smaller farms in the US) and if gotten raw and cultured, are probably better than goats milk in terms of their better nutritional content. Don’t recall the breakdown, but it should be easy to find out. I’ve read it in several places. I am pretty sure that Dr. Mercola has addressed this. Or just be aware of their differences and supplement where necessary.

  67. Frances Poole says:

    I tend to bypass video information and whilst a video is entertaining I find it slow and cumbersome in comparison to the written version which is also easier to access.

  68. lisa says:

    I’m kind of ignorant on the whole raw dairy thing, but isn’t that scary dangerous? of all the crap that can be in milk, if i were to drink it at all, i would be very scared to drink it raw. i have friends who do and they claim to have parasite issues (but then others say there is no such thing as parasites and that is a new age hoaxy thing). just curious.

  69. Michael Goehner says:

    Compliment! You’ve learned and realized a important item – and also teached us an important detail of communication!
    Good job!

  70. Josette says:

    Yes your video about almond vs dairy milks was a little “fluffy” and left me a bit perplexed. I much prefer the written format. Very detailed and informative. Thanks Kevin.

  71. hubert says:

    Hi Kev,

    I’m often surprised that people refer so much to the China study for proving a point.
    As far as I know The study studied people(and som animals) that ate processed meat and processed diary. There might be a huge difference in results if you would do the same study with people (animals) who get raw meat and raw diary.
    For that reason I would never dare to refer to the China study as a study in favor of not eating animal foods.
    My five cents.

  72. Mimi says:

    I love love LOVE the written information!!! Please … keep that coming. The videos are nice but I have so much trouble viewing them in the area where I live. It took me 17 minutes to view a measley 5 min. video. That does not permit me to be able to access information very quickly or cohesively. And, Kevin, it sure is nice to get the facts without a spinning circle planted right in the middle of your face! 8^)

  73. Nancy says:

    For Lisa:
    Yes, parasites are real! They are survivors on the planet; their eggs, larvae, etc. are in soil, in pork, etc., and can last indefinitely. We can pick them up in some foods we eat (one very good reason NOT to eat raw meat!), from walking barefoot or putting our hands in contaminated soil, swimming or bathing in contaminated water, and from our animal friends who dig in the dirt. By definition, a parasite is an organism which lives off of another organism (or host) without giving back anything of benefit. Look up “parasites” and see for yourself (horror movie makeup has NOTHING on these guys – very scary!). My background: 30 years in medical fields, first as a medical laboratory technologist, then as a registered nurse.
    For Kevin:
    Thank you for all the work you do! And thanks for keeping it “real”! And, I prefer articles to video, although videos can be entertaining and fun!

  74. Karen says:

    I’d like to say how appreciative I am of all the information that you and Annmarie provide. Thank you so much!

    I too think videos are best for demonstrations, interviews, recipes, and sharing experiences, such as when you did your water fast.

    More detailed information is better expressed in a written article, which can be re-read if necessary if the topic is new, and referred back to more easily.

    Also, I receive your e-mails at my workplace at lunchtime, and look forward to opening them. I have to save the videos for later, but can read the articles straight away!

  75. JT says:

    @Lourdes

    I agree with Kevin, all your comments were refreshing. I hope to see more of your comments on the blogs. Thanks for sharing your insight. It is hard to sometimes wade through all the things you read to see past someone’s opinion and look at the facts. The comment about the China Study was insightful and I’ve never heard it mentioned before. I do know that A LOT of studies and research don’t share the whole thing because it might not support the side of the person sharing it. That is too bad. We all need to decide for ourselves if information is valuable.

    @Kevin

    Thanks for trying to stay out of the emotional arena and the political arena. Those areas, even though hard core vegan/animal activists might really want you to go there, is not the educational/nutritional purpose of this blog. Thanks for trying to stay focused and simply share informational facts. I have seen you grow in this area. Well done.

  76. I found this article to be way better than the video. I agreed with what you said in the video, but I didn’t think you went into enough detail. But the article was really interesting! I especially like how you talked about Blue Diamond almond milk because my boyfriend has bought that and I’ve been skeptical of it, but didn’t know much about it.

    Thanks!

  77. Janice says:

    The videos are good to answer a short question or to share an experiment or recipe. But the article format is definitely better for a lengthy answer to a question or to give detailed information as in this case. Thanks for all you do!

  78. claudia says:

    Thanks Kev for a great article.

    @Lourdes….enjoyed reading your comment!

    GOAT KEFIR
    Kevin, I was 100% raw vegan for two years. Six months ago I began eating eggs and felt better. Soon thereafter I was given Kefir grains which I’ve used with goat milk-I drink it every morning and it has been phenomenal! It’s been wonderful for my gut flora;I am also healing adrenal issues which led to hormonal dysfunction, as well as IBS- the goat milk kefir has been great! (as opposed to cultured vegetables, which I have tried many times but it wrecks havock with my stomach).

    RAW MILK
    I recently found a way to purchase raw milk, and I look forward to ‘experimenting with it’– especially whey (I am interested in Mercola and Ori’s claims on how that helps rebuild post workout (any thoughts on that?). It is sad to discover the daunting amount of paperwork necessary for us to be able to buy from them as they struggle to protect themselves from the FDA!

    VIDEOS!!!!
    I think I am in the minority, but although I did enjoying reading this article… I prefer the videos because I can listen while I do other things (cook, straighten up things…even paint!). I don’t have the time to sit and read all day- and it is thanks to videos that I have learned so much because I can go along with my day while I listen.
    I am guessing that there are probably lots of people who read while at work in office jobs and can not turn on a video at that time.
    However, I would ask that you please look into making longer videos (YouTube now allows it) and communicate as you did in this article. Please don’t cut back on your videos..they are SO helpful!

    YOU GUYS ROCK!
    I have spent the last 4 years listening to you and other “health gurus” and I think you just keep getting better at what you do (which can not be said for others who have sort of gone a bit “kooky” these last few yrs!~lol!)

    Namaste,
    Claudia

  79. […] want to thank everyone who’s posted comments on the blog from yesterday’s article (here.) Your comments about articles vs. videos lit a spark that has now turned into a pretty hot idea […]

  80. SmithA says:

    I think the written format is better for answering questios. But I love the videos, especially when you prepare a recipe.

  81. Tia says:

    I like the videos much better. When you say something on the video to me, I understand it right away. When I read it, i have to reread and I can’t picture what you mean.

  82. Laurakins says:

    As a former vegan, I just want you to know how much I appreciate your sincerity in passing on information that you feel is important/overlooked/may upset the worldview of many of your vegan readers. Much, much respect to you 🙂

    I agree, written is best for this sort of stuff. But keep the videos coming…they brighten my day!

    Laura

  83. Selene says:

    The problem with the videos is that you go off on tangents, Kevin. However endearing … and spontaneous … that may feel, it does keep all the information from coming across in a thorough and organized manner. Thus, your writing is clearer. Maybe cue cards would keep you on track so that those who prefer videos can still get their fix. Ha – first cue cards, then a nighttime talk show! Never can tell …

  84. Selina says:

    I agree with you [b]Lea[/b], we should not ignore the ethical facts about the usage of animals.

    Kevin, if you are going to talk about the usage of animal products then PLEASE could you at least have a whole episode on food ethics?

    I think we need clear facts and really address the issue on what is the difference of milks from an ethical point of view. What’s the difference from organic or grass fed? Or local? And it is as ethical as we are made to believe?

    Is it possible to find ethically produced milk? Is this also a matter on where in the world you live? Getting raw fresh organic goats milk is not possible for the most part of the human population.

    Are our optimal health more important than animal well being? Should we bring suffering on other living beings just because we are concerned about things like phytic acid among other minor things?

    Thank you!

  85. Katya says:

    I popped right over to this page from the newest article to see what the census was on article v. video. Worried that there would be an overwhelming preference towards video – esp. since everyone loves the youtube, skype thing. Glad to see article came out on top. As soon as there is a video, I skip it these days. Hard to skim a video for nuggets you need. Although it is important for recipes – to see textures, wetness, etc., I can’t play the sound often due to roommates on the other stuff and just hit delete button more often than not on videos.

  86. Erin says:

    You and Annmarie have a very pure and honest energy. Thank you for sharing all of this information with so many people. Much love and light to you both 🙂

  87. One of the worst problems raw foodists or health seekers have is the same problem most of society has. That is, that most people get caught up in the research while not actually following a fundamentally healthy lifestyle based on the proven basics. For example, the key is to consume the majority of your calories from the very best carbohydrates. This basic fundamental necessity of a healthy, productive and long life eliminates the possibility of consuming too much almond milk or any kind of milk for that matter, since they are not the best form of carbs but more of a fat source. It is good to know the research and the studies as well as the nutritional break-down of the foods you may or may not eat, but the focus must be on actual life experience over time if habitual health success is what you seek.

  88. Clori says:

    I LOVE THE VIDEOS! I don’t have time to sit and read all of the health info I’m trying to take in. Your videos allow me to be working while I’m listening! It’s huge!

    I don’t expect them to be totally informative and complete from every aspect. They give some info and leave with points I can follow up on later!

    thanks for the Wonderful work!

    stay healthy!
    Clori

  89. Martin T says:

    Articles are much better than videos, both because they have more info and because one can scan them and read them more quickly. No offense, but a lot of your videos are a bit of a waste of time and very low in informational content relative to the time it takes to watch them.

    I suggest writing up what you are going to say in advance before making a video; that is, put together a script, like any professional would, and proof-read it before you make the video, like any editor would. Pretend you’re actually trying to produce something serious, intelligent, presentable, and relatively complete – something your viewers could share with anyone (even a skeptical fully-mainstream person who eats a standard American diet) and that person will react like “this person sounds like they know what they are talking about and comes across as professional and knowledgeable” rather than “this guy sounds like an amateur who is doing this just for kicks.” Look at your videos before posting them, and re-do them if they are too amateurish. If you take this advice to heart, you could have a much bigger impact. Take a look at some of Mercola’s videos for inspiration.

    Once you start writing scripts for your videos, then you should post the transcripts at the same time as the videos, so that those of us – myself included – who prefer to read rather than listen can read the script. This way it doesn’t become an “either-or” – just provide both.

  90. Martin T says:

    Goat & cow’s milk have saturated fat which is helpful for hormone production. People on a vegan diet who feel sluggish may benefit from saturated fat and can get it from coconut oil without resorting to goat’s mild or cow’s milk.

    I see no reason to drink goat’s or cow’s milk on a regular basis, although it might be beneficial for certain people in certain instances to use goat’s milk or kefir on a temporary basis for medicinal purposes (ie, food as medicine) since it has some hormones and growth factors that can stimulate growth and thereby help to rebuild an overly weakened body – and, in the case of kefir, can help to provide beneficial bacteria to a damaged intestinal lining.

    But by relying on it on an ongoing basis, you become dependent on it and then it loses its medicinal value when you need it. In addition, it is not optimal for humans – it’s not the same as human milk, and it is mucus-forming (although unless one has a very clean diet to begin with, one may not notice this).

  91. Martin T says:

    Kevin, you say above that “There’s a myth – the mucusless diet – that promotes no mucus is a good thing. The truth is, your body needs a little but of mucus….”

    The body produces all the mucus it needs on its own. Certainly there are instances where someone with a damaged intestinal tract could benefit from taking some kefir to help sooth and repair the intestines, but that should only be needed on a short-term basis (and coconut kefir could be used instead).

    There is certainly no reason to consume mucus-forming foods on an ongoing basis. The body will produce as much mucus as it needs to in response to a given food. The fact that the body produces extra mucus in response to something (such as dairy) is an indication that it is not an ideal food; mucus is produced to protect the body from undesirable substances by surrounding those substances with mucus that is used to escort them out of the body. If something is mucus-forming, that means it contains some undesirable substances. Furthermore, mucus clogs up the system – not just from a purely visible physical standpoint, but from an energy-body standpoint; prana flows more freely through the body the less mucus there is in it, and you feel better the less mucus you have. It is best to eat kefir (or any mucus-forming food) only when you really feel that you need to (ie, using food as medicine).

    If you practice yoga, you will notice that if you eliminate dairy, after a while you become more flexible, and if you re-introduce dairy, you become less flexible.

  92. JT says:

    @ Martin T

    The information you gave on mucus and also on yoga was very interesting. Thanks so much for your comments. I am going to do some research because of this new information. I knew that dairy caused sinus issues, but never really thought a lot beyond that. Your comments were insightful.

  93. Eileen says:

    Comment 6 by Roger is right. You can get A2 milk from certain cows.

    I buy raw milk here in Australia but the suppliers have to call it “bath milk” or “cosmetic milk”. Funny how you are allowed to bathe in it, given that skin is an organ, but you cannot drink it apparently. How many times have people been sick from bad seafood and yet the Australian government is happy for the country to eat it. I hope one day raw milk will be legalized.

    I think your article does address more than your video but I believe you have put out better quality videos in the past Kevin.

    Eileen.

  94. Dianne says:

    I believe that it is time for me to go, like another blogger did. How can you talk about eating animals without exploring the ethics of eating them? Eating diary is eating animals, esp. veal. I feel that this site is trying to create sensationalism without acknowledging the ethics involved. I can understand presenting other sides, but this site appears to ignore ethics.

    Dr. Mercola is quoted often and he is entrenched with the Weston Price Foundation that promotes copious amounts of meats and diary products. This site has been debunked by many, including meat eaters (remember Dr. Atkins?) Check out http://www.diseaseproof.com. Diary and meat industries still have the backing of Congress and our President (yes, I voted for him hoping for change). They can bombard our culture with myths and most people will believe them. These industries are becoming frightened of the growing population that does not buy into them any more.

    Part of what is going on is the scaremongering of soy. GMO anything is scary, but there is a lot of soy products that are not GMO- Whole Foods, Trader Joe’s, etc. Why not go after Monsanto and not buy ANY of their products, instead of going after soy. People need to concentrate on the real culprits. Your grass seed in the future will be GMO, thanks to Monsanto. Also, GMO is in almost everything, if you buy a lot of processed food or meat. Do not buy them.

    I was brought up with the myths as well, my father is from Wisconsin and cheese ruled and we grew up with a lot of it. It is not a difficult transition to stop eating diary products today for the health of people, the environment, animals and the planet. If you stop eating meat, you could live in a McMansion and drive a hummer (which I do not care to do), and still have less impact on the world than a meat eater.

    Another good site for not consuming diary, http://www.rawfoodexplained.com. If you chose to eat products from creatures that have experienced multiple rapes, kidnappings and then slaughtered; how could you not experience negative effects? Check out the movie, Earthlings. Read “The World Peace Diet” by Dr. Tuttle. Also, look at Dr. Amy Lanou’s book, “Building Bone Vitality”.

    Meat eaters generally are deficient in vitamin D, B-12, Omega 3s, etc and need supplementation. Generally, in the range of two thirds of the population.

    Yes, Dr. Campbell is quoted a lot. Have you seen this man and his wife in person? Incredible energy and health and cognitive thought. He risked his lucrative career to get the word out.

    All types of people are giving up meat, not just extremists. Reasons are due to health and/or ethical reasons. All religions, including Christianity, have promoted not consuming animal flesh. Yes, it has been changed by man throughout the ages to satisfy his/hers own taste preferences. Yes, you do have to eat a healthy diet of fruits and vegetables and you may need supplementation. Having said that, you may still need supplementation on a diet with flesh, but you also have the other drawbacks with this diet. The drawbacks are diseases and the ethics of eating animals. Would you eat your dog or animals with the intelligence of a 2 year old human or even higher? How can we not include ethics in this discussion?

    I do not want to upset anyone, but I just want you to think about it. Good luck to everyone. Namaste!

  95. Almonds, by the way, have a 2028:1 ratio of omega-6 to omega-3 fats … which alone is enough reason to eat them rarely, if ever. Only flax, hemp, chia, and ENGLISH walnuts have good to decent ratios. Brazilnuts are 933:1.

    We do NOT need to increase omega-3s. We need to decrease omega-6 fats. We can get all of it from leafy greens, by the way … that’s been verified by blood test. Ask Dr. Rick Dina, who analyzed my friend Robby’s blood recently. He eats all raw but zero oil, nuts, seeds, avocados. ALA, DHA, EPA are off the top of the scale.

  96. Mike Towers says:

    I want both as long as you do not get stressed. The vide encouraged me and the other complete me. Thanks

  97. Velda says:

    Video – I don’t always have time to ready your written comments – although they are very informative. However, when I am at work, I can always pull up your video and listen while working. Thanks, Kevin!!!

  98. Jan says:

    So important — so important — so important — is the quest to nourish ourselves WITHOUT murdering and exploiting innocent living beings. If we would only pause for a moment to consider this before we chow down on their corpses (or drink their bodily fluids) — that other living creatures on this earth have AS MUCH RIGHT TO LIVE as we do. We DO NOT HAVE THE RIGHT to imprison them or extinguish their lives so that we can perceive ourselves to be eating healthier. It is the HOLOCAUST for these poor suffering animals EVERY DAY. There is a world of nourishment out there meant for our consumption that doesn’t involve the shedding of blood. Are we truly THINKING at all?

  99. paul says:

    almonds do not produce milk! it’s juice!

  100. Heather says:

    BTW: Because of casein and lactose, I recommend that if you do eat dairy products you eat dairy from ruminants (sheep, goat) and ferment them to break down the protein and sugar.

    FWI cows are ruminants as well.

  101. Dena says:

    You stated: Cow’s milk has more sodium, but possibly less magnesium and potassium. It has more Vitamin D, Vitamin A and Omega 3 oils.

    Almond milk has more Omega 6 oils, more minerals like magnesium and potassium, more folate and more fat overall.

    I dont know where you did your research but Almond milk(Blue Diamond Brand, unsweetened)has the same amout of VIt D as cows milk which is about 25%, it has 50% more calcium than cows milk and it has more sodium in the form of sea salt , It also has more Vitamin A not less. It has almost no carbs and cows milk has 11 grams of sugar per cup of milk. One of the biggest things that stuck out to me was that you said Almond milk has more fat that cows milk. Almond milk has 5% fat per cup verses cows milk has 25% fat and half of that is saturated fat. Almond milk has no saturated fat. I always try to be open minded listening to others and researching things on my own. I fing it rude and unprofessional of you to make statements against another company especially when the statements are not accurate. I am not a vegan and im not trying to promote any agenda but I dont like it when people make staments that could possibly defame another company when you were not accuate about your statements. This is why I always research things myself instead of just taking someones word.

    • Kevin Gianni Kevin Gianni says:

      Dena, thanks for your comment here.

      Just some clarification… Blue Diamond and other packaged almond milks are fortified. I was referring to homemade almond milk. I wouldn’t buy the preserved boxed products — due to lack of freshness, preservatives and non-control over the quality of fortification.

      So almond milk, without fortification is all that mentioned.

      Also, percentage-wise, there are more calories from fat for almond milk than regular milk. Sorry I was not clear about this, but that is exactly what I meant by more fat.

      Thanks!
      Kev

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