Saturday, September 3, 2011

11 Reasons to Stop Eating Dairy, duck breast and dulce de leche

Caramelised onion pizza
Food Diary (September 03, 2011)
Breakfast: Whole meal sourdough toast with honey
Lunch: Caramelised onion pizza, pickled apple and carrot salad
Dinner: Pasta with yellow beans in tomato sauce
Baking/sweets: Dulce de leche

The caramelised onion pizza sort of reminded me of French onion soup, the pizza version of it. The ‘French onion soup’ pizza was quite basic but delicious, it had tomato sauce, onions and cheese.

Today's Favourite Photo
Source: Camemberu
Pan-seared duck breast with black currants, turnip and yuzu

Today’s Favourite Blog
Source: Care2
Care2 has an article titled “11 Reasons to Stop Eating Dairy”. I found the article a bit thought provoking. Personally I don’t agree with some of the points but that’s my personal opinion.  Perhaps you will find the article more useful than I did. Here comes the 11 reasons:

1. Cow’s milk is intended for baby cows.  We’re the only species that drinks milk after infancy.  And, we’re definitely the only ones drinking the milk of a different species. Does this mean we stop eating eggs and lamb?

2.  Hormones. Not only are the naturally-present hormones in cow’s milk stronger than human hormones, the animals are routinely given steroids and other hormones to plump them up and increase milk production.  These hormones can negatively impact humans’ delicate hormonal balance.

3.  Most cows are fed inappropriate food.  Commercial feed for cows contains all sorts of ingredients that include:  genetically-modified (GM) corn, GM soy, animal products, chicken manure, cottonseed, pesticides, and antibiotics. If the cows are fed appropriate food, then does it become OK for us to drink milk?

4.  Dairy products, when metabolized, are acid-forming.  Our bodies are constantly striving for biochemical balance to keep our blood at 7.365 pH.  Eating excessive acid-forming products can cause our bodies to overuse some of its acid-balancing mechanisms, one of which is the bones.  Alkaline calcium is stored in the bones and released to combat excessive acidity in the body.  Over time, bones can become fragile. We consume acids regularly, such as lemon juice, vinegar and tomatoes. I thought these were good for us.

5.  Research shows that the countries whose citizens consume the most dairy products have the highest incidence of osteoporosis.

6.  Most dairy cows live in confined, inhumane conditions, never seeing the pastures of green grass they were intended to eat.  

7. Most dairy products are pasteurized to kill potentially-harmful bacteria.  During the pasteurization process, vitamins, proteins, and enzymes are destroyed.  Enzymes assist with the digestion process.  When they are destroyed through pasteurization, milk becomes harder to digest, therefore putting a strain on our bodies’ enzyme systems. I am wondering whether the article is suggesting that consuming non-pasteurised milk is acceptable.

8.  Dairy products are mucous-forming. They can contribute to respiratory disorders. 

9.  Research links dairy products with arthritis. In one study on rabbits, scientist Richard Panush was able to produce inflamed joints in the animals by switching their water to milk.  In another study, scientists observed more than a 50% reduction in the pain and swelling of arthritis when participants eliminated milk and dairy products from their diet.

10 Most milk is homogenized, which denatures the milk’s proteins, making it harder to digest.  Many peoples’ bodies react to these proteins as though they are “foreign invaders” causing their immune systems to overreact.  Research also links homogenized milk to heart disease.

11.  Pesticides in cow feed find their way into milk and dairy products that we consume.

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  1. hmmm i don't eat dairy because i am lactose intolerant, but i wonder how true those statements are.... i'm always skeptical whenever i read such reports unless i hear it again from another source!

  2. This dairy fiend has made a decision NOT to read about the article. I'll just drool over the dulce de leche instead :)

  3. I've heard about how good people can feel after giving up dairy but it's way too hard to give up good cheese and cream for me :(

  4. Now I want pizza! Yum!

  5. That pizza looks so good! The article you posted contains the reason why I don't fully trust the whole 'milk is good for you' theory. It seems like a conspiracy designed to benefit the dairy industry!

  6. The skin on that duck breast makes it look so tempting, looks so crunchy

  7. Mr. Three-Cookies, you should try making pissaladière one day! It's a kind of French pizza (without cheese though) with caramelised onion, anchovies and black olives. I have a very good recipe if you want (haven't posted it yet though).
    I know I shouldn't even discuss the things written in the US about the food which is produced in a different way, but...
    1-dairy doesn't mean only milk, but also cheese, and the first point concerns only milk, which has lactose to which many adults have intolerance; matured cheese doesn't or almost doesn't contain it
    2-maybe American cows are given all the disgusting stuff, but I know the French cheese, in order to have the quality label (the right to bear the regional cheese name) cannot just be bred or fed in any way
    3-the most important thing: I constantly have about 5-6 different cheese varieties in the fridge (apart from fresh cheese) and not a single one is pasteurised. My Roquefort isn't pasteurised, my parmigiano isn't pasteurised, my Camembert isn't pasteurised, etc etc
    The French are probably the only nation, where tv lets specialists say that, apart from pregnant women, everyone should eat unpasteurised cheese. It has bacteria we need and I have heard it hundreds of times on tv. All the pasteurised cheese production pleases the huge producers because it's cheaper, easier and they can charge the same price they would charge a non-pasteurised cheese. Luckily huge cheese producers still haven't controlled the French cheese market and the media!
    In short the only thing I agree with is milk. There are certain countries (such as Japan or China) where almost 80% of the adult population has milk intolerance! Apparently the most milk-tolerant in the world are Scandinavians!

  8. Junia: now you are hearing from another source:) I also questions such reports, and some seem more credible than others. I had questions about this particular one

    Parsley Sage: I understand, I read it and didn’t pay too much attention!

    Lorraine: same, probably feel worse/depressed if dairy is given up!

    Yummychunklet: and you shall have!

    Lifeisfull: perhaps it is a conspiracy, or perhaps based on questionable facts and research. Its difficult to tell sometimes

    Raymund: it does, and the meat looks appealing too. I haven’t eaten duck in a very long time

    Sissi: I have heard about pissaladière, I will wait for you to post the recipe.

    That article was not the best, it had many questionable statements. I agree with all your points. Animal feed in the US is probably quite different from other parts of the world. It seems to be more corn based. I don’t think we can buy unpasteurized cheese in Sweden and in many parts of Europe. Cheese (and yogurt etc) has probiotics which our body needs.

  9. I think it depends if the country is traditionally the cheese-making country. All the parmesan I buy and some other good quality Italian cheese is made from raw milk, most if the good French cheese varieties too and Swiss good quality gruyère or other famous cheese varieties are also made with raw milk. The difference in taste is shockingly huge... (unless of course no unpasteurised versions exist).
    I have already heard that some countries usually sell pasteurised cheese versions and importation is impossible or difficult. Actually I have never even seen for ex. pasteurised parmesan in my life. It would be very interesting to see if parmesan imported to Sweden is pasteurised...

  10. Well I love all of your 2 cents comments and this article must have been written by a vegan. They are not condemning milk, they condemn the whole barn, and pigs and chickens.