What’s Better For You and the Planet – Almond Milk or Cow’s Milk? Here Are the Facts

It is human nature to be wary of change.

It is the reason many of us remain in less-than-perfect situations, be it our jobs, our homes, or our friend circles, when we know that there are better options for us out there. Regardless of resistance, evolution, even cultural evolution, insists that we change for the better – or get dragged along with change. Take our food system, for instance. Over the past few decades, we have been given clues that our food system is in need of some major revamping. After all, animal agriculture is hardly humane for animals, has some major negative effects on the environment, and produces meat and dairy, which is not that good for our health and can barely feed the world’s population. Luckily, as more innovators have become aware of the reality of our food system and of the demand people have for actual wholesome food, they have created a plethora of alternatives for meat, cheese, and milk.

Almond milk, for example, is rising as one of the most popular plant-based milks around. According to a study from Nielsen, in the past five years alone, sales of almond milk have grown 250 percent to more than $894.6 million.

  With figures like these, and the dairy industry not doing too hot themselves, we think it’s safe to say that dairy’s days are numbered. As we mentioned before, however, there will always be people who are resistant to change and will try to talk down the benefits of alternatives. While many have celebrated almond milkfor its delicious flavor, nutritional benefits, and lesser environmental impact, others have tried to water down how much better almond milk actually is than dairy milk, on several different levels. 

For instance, take a recent article published in Mic, that is basically aimed at tearing almond milk down from its pedestal and hoisting milk back onto it.

While we definitely give the article an “A” for … erm … effort (?), it’s clear that the writer has done about half of the research required and from that half, cherrypicked stats and statements that make almond milk sound bad. It’s okay, here at One Green Planet, we’re used to this kind of thing. We know people grew up drinking warm glasses of milk to go to sleep, seeing their fave celebs with milk mustaches, and leaving some milk and cookies out for Santa. As intertwined as milk is with culture, however, that doesn’t make it immune to criticism and believe us, there is plenty to criticize. So, we figured we would set the record straight and let everyone know just how milk and almond milk stack up against each other.

It Takes a Lot of Water to Produce Almond Milk, but Dairy is Still Worse

Considering this is one of the few valid points we found in the article, we’ll just get this one out of the way first. Yes, it takes quite a bit of water to produce almond milk, but when you really look into it, dairy is still worse. Specifically, it requires 30 gallons of water to produce one gallon of milk – in comparison, it only requires 23 gallons of water to produce a gallon of almond milk. While, yes, this does seem like a startling amount of water to be used for a teeny tiny almond, let’s not forget that the average dairy farm uses 3.4 million gallons of water … per day. This water is used to hydrate cows and clean milking parlor walls, floors, and equipment. So… pretty much don’t point fingers when your hands are dirty. 

The Livestock Industry is Poisoning the Air, the Almond Industry Isn’t

Once the water usage statistic is out of the way, it’s pretty clear to see how much more destructive the livestock industry is. To begin, the cattle on dairy and meat farms are poisoning the air. Don’t blame the cattle, though, they aren’t doing it on purpose, they’re simply doing what they need to do, and what they need to do is fart, burp, and eventually, move their bowels. All of these actions release methane, a greenhouse gas that has the ability to trap up to 100 times more heat into the atmosphere and trap dangerous, poisonous gases when in the sludge of manure. So, essentially, cows are accelerating climate change just with their bodily functions. Yikes. Not to mention, methane and the plethora of other gasses released by manure are incredibly poisonous for humans to breathe when it is highly concentrated – we recently saw a case where a dairy farmer and a number of cows were killedbecause of exposure toxic vapors – and this is hardly the first case of its kind.

The Livestock Industry is Also Ruining Our Oceans and Lakes

Now, while we’re on the topic of cow defecation, let’s talk about where this sludge ends up. In the U.S. alone, livestock produce 130 times more waste than humans. We’ve seen water on farms turn putrid because of the excessive manure dumping and sadly, this water has claimed the lives of some dairy farmers over the years. Toxic algal blooms and dead zones have started springing up all over the U.S. because of fecal run-off which threatens not only the lives of marine animals but of humans in the surrounding area who depend on the water. So, basically, supporting the dairy industry is giving them the green light to dump more poop into our waters. Not exactly the kind of thing anyone wants to be supporting (we hope).

Dairy Doesn’t Measure Up to Almond Milk Nutritionally 

Now the writer of the Mic article claims that all almond milk is basically sugar water with weird additives and that milk “offers a lot more.” If by “a lot more” you mean antibiotics andhormones, than yes, milk certainly offers a lot more. However, as with any sector in food, there are going to be some products that are better than others. Yes, there are some almond milks that have added sugar, carageenan (which may or may not be the best for you) and only usestwo percent almonds. But there are also almond milks on the market, like Califia Farms Almond Milk, that are very wholesome. The only thing milk has going for it is their whole calcium shtick. And considering the fact that there are about a billion other foods that provide calcium, we’d say that milk is all but useless.

We Deserve Better

We know that change can sometimes be hard, but when we take a hard look at our food system it is clear that we are in dire need of change. The meat and dairy industries are infrastructures that do not leave much room for improvement. Sure, farmers can let the cows roam around for a bit before slaughter and they can possibly lower the amount of antibiotics given to cows, but there are major problems in this industry that are simply ingrained in the system and cannot be changed. Cows will always defecate, they will always have to drink water, and their bodies will always take up land. These are facts we simply cannot change. Sure, almond milk may not be the absolute best product in the entire world, but is it better than dairy milk? You bet.

If you want to learn more about the positive impact that choosing a dairy-free, plant-based milk alternative can have on the planet, join One Green Planet’s #EatForThePlanet movement – and to find some great products to try, check out the Future of Food.

 

From Veronica Chavez     At    WWW.ONEGREENPLANET.ORG

7 Reasons Why You Should Be Using Coconut Oil

It is a common misconception that coconut oil is bad for you.

People all over the world are experiencing the healthy benefits of using coconut oil. It is actually one of the healthiest oils you can consume. Here are the top seven reasons why you should use coconut oil as an alternative to other common cooking oils.

1. Coconut oil doesn’t turn to fat in your body.

Unlike many other common oils, like soy (vegetable) and corn, coconut oil won’t make you fat. Coconut oil contains medium-chain triglycerides (MCT), which are an easy fuel for the body to burn, without turning to fat. Most other cooking oils and fats contain long-chain triglycerides (LCT). LCT’s are usually stored as fat. Since coconut oil is a MCT, it is more easily absorbed and converted to energy quicker.

People in the tropics have relied on coconuts as a traditional staple in their diet for centuries. They consume large amounts of coconut oil every day. Instead of getting fatter, it helps them stay healthy, lean and trim. When they switch from coconut oil to our modern oils, they develop obesity and the health problems that our modern society faces.

Some other people who have known this truth for a long time are people who are in the animal feed business. When livestock are fed vegetable oils, they put on weight and produce more fatty meat. When they are fed coconut oil, they become very lean.

2. Coconut oil increases your metabolism.

Not only does coconut oil convert to energy quicker in your body, it increases your metabolism, which promotes weight loss. Because it boosts your metabolism, it helps your body burn fat more effectively.

Coconut oil may triple your calorie burn. Since coconut oil is a MCT, it is converted to energy so quickly that it creates a lot of heat. In a study published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, MCT’s burn three times more calories for six hours after a meal than LCT’s.

The February 15, 2005 issue of Woman’s World magazine stated that coconut oil is the “underground high-metabolism secret.”

This is great news for people who have thyroid problems, since coconut oil improves sluggish thyroids by stimulating the production of extra thyroid hormones. Most other common oils, like vegetable (soy) and corn have been shown to inhibit thyroid function.

3. Coconut oil has omega 3 fatty acids.

Most cooking oils contain omega 6 fatty acids, something we get way too much of in the United States. Our omega 6 to omega 3 ratio should be 1:1 but it is more like 50:1. We need to drastically cut back our omega 6 oils and consume much more omega 3 oils to be healthy. And coconut oil is filled with these healthy omega 3 fatty acids.

4. Coconut oil gives you energy.

Because of the healthy omega 3 fatty acids and the fact that it increases the metabolism, most people that switch to coconut oil feel a burst of added energy in their daily life.

This is because coconut oil is nature’s richest source of medium-chain triglycerides (MCT’s), which increase metabolic rates and lead to weight loss. MCT’s promote thermogenesis, which increases the body’s metabolism, producing energy.

This is because coconut oil is nature’s richest source of medium-chain triglycerides (MCT’s), which increase metabolic rates and lead to weight loss. MCT’s promote thermogenesis, which increases the body’s metabolism, producing energy. Many people with chronic fatigue syndrome and fibromyalgia have found that adding coconut and coconut oil to their diet was helpful to them.

5. One of the best things you can use on your skin and hair is coconut oil.

Coconut oil one of the best things you can apply directly on your skin and hair. It gives temporary relief to skin problems like rashes. It aids in healing and restoring skin to a younger appearance. It has also been known to help with people who suffer from yeast infections in the skin, as well as many other skin problems.

Not only does is soften and smooth your skin, coconut oil has antioxidant properties that protect the skin from free radical damage. Coconut oil makes excellent massage oil too.

6. Coconut oil has healthy benefits that most other oils do not.

Evidence is mounting that coconut oil has anti-fungal, anti-bacterial and anti-viral effects when both consumed and used topically on the skin.

Most oils oxidize and turn rancid very quickly causing free radical damage in our bodies. Coconut oil is not easily oxidized and does not cause harmful free radical damage like polyunsaturated vegetable oils. Free radical damage is thought to be responsible for many ailments in our body from arthritis to increased susceptibility to cancers.

Coconut oil also helps our bodies absorb other nutrients more effectively, such as Vitamin E.

7. Coconut oil is one of the best oils you can use for cooking.

It has a higher smoke point than olive oil, which means it can take higher temperatures better. There are several healthy omega 3 oils we can choose to consume, such as flax and olive oil, but they don’t do well under the high heat we use for cooking. Coconut oil can be used in higher cooking temperatures.

It is harder for coconut oil to go rancid, unlike other cooking oils, which are usually rancid long before you even bring them home. Rancid oils cause free radical damage in the body, which is a leading cause of cancer. Coconut oil is stable for over a year at room temperature.

Because of the misinformation we have been given for years, we have lost out on the healthy benefits that coconut oil has given the people of the tropics for centuries. But now it has been rediscovered! Coconut oil is so effective, it won’t be long before we see coconut oil supplements promoted, but you can get the jump on the popular crowd and start consuming and cooking with coconut oil today!

Different Uses of Tangerines

Tangerines are very similar to orange but smaller in size.

This fruit is basically famous among the children because it is very sweet and healthy. The essential oil is obtained from the peeling of tangerines. It gives great aroma and flavor of it. Other than this fruit is really healthy. It contains large amount of water and natural sugar content.


Nutritional Properties:

Tangerine has various nutritional elements, Vitamin C, vitamin B, fiber. . To add to this list, they also supply carbohydrates, potassium and other minerals to the body. This help in boosting our immune system and it help in keeping safe from flue and viral. It helps in keeping you healthy. Its consumption kills all the bacteria that have affected your body.

Richness in Vitamin C:

This is the main element of tangerines. Vitamin C helps in the production of interferon. Interferon has two basic roles: to prevent viral reproduction in the cells and to enhance the destruction of the cells already infected. It helps in the formation of collagen. It controls the integrity of cell membrane. Even help in fighting with the infection.

Vitamin C also enhances the absorption of iron when they are consumed with food rich in iron. Vitamin C also helps in the formation of red blood cells. Dr. Wallach, tangy tangerine drink also helps in protecting from impurities.

Furthermore uses: tangerines are rich soluble fibers.

That means they dissolve easily in water. This feature is very important because it reduces the amount of cholesterol. Tangerines are very high rich in potassium as well. This reduces the danger of heart diseases and even controls blood pressure. It even helps in losing some weight.

Tangerine as Oil:

This oil is said to be the oil of happiness. It gives its effect on both physically and mentally. The effect of this oil can be seen easily inside as well as outside your body. It makes you so relief; forget all your stress and problems. Tangerines also help in improving the mindset of a person. It is also used in perfumes that are appreciated by youngsters.

It kills all the bacteria’s of your body and nourishes your body.

It is even used as anti-septic. In old days, it was used for the new born baby also. As it cleans as well as protect the body from diseases. It is the treatment for problems are common in teenagers, which are related to acne and pimples. It helps in clearing your body and removes all the impurities.
Consumptions of such fruits are really good for the body as well as health of a person. It protects us from diseases. And allow us to live diseases free life.

5 Reasons Why Soy May Be Harming Your Health

Proponents of soy claim that it has many health attributes, such as heart disease and cancer prevention.

Anyone who also has environmental concerns about meat production may also want to consume soy in place of meat and dairy as a way to decrease their ecological footprint on the Earth. However, soy milk, tofu, soy veggie burgers, and other soy products may not be as healthy or environmentally friendly as previously thought.

 

Like corn, gluten, and tree nuts, soy is also a common food allergen or substance that our bodies react negatively to.

It finds its way into just about everything on the grocery store aisles: milk substitutes, baby formulas, salad dressings, spaghetti sauce, chocolate, cakes, cookies, low carbohydrate bread, nutrition bars, nutrition drinks/shakes, and even body care products and candles! Most factory farmed animals are also fed a formula containing some soy, so some soy proteins may make their way into your meat. Here are the top 4 reasons why that is not a good thing.

1. Over 90% of the soy grown in the US is genetically modified using gene splicing in a lab.
Genetically modified organisms (GMOs) are much different from hybridization in that the modification occurs under laboratory conditions. The gene from a bacteria is inserted into the DNA of the seed of the soybean to make the crop resistant to high doses of pesticides. If this doesn’t sound very appetizing to you, then avoiding soy on your plate should be a top priority. If you absolutely must have soy, choose soy products that are labeled organic and the many are now also touting the official label of being …Non-GMO.

2. Soy contains estrogen mimickers.

Too much estrogen (often referred to as estrogen dominance) can create a variety of premenstrual and menopausal symptoms in women. In men, it can cause gynecomastia or man boobs.  In both men and women, too much estrogen is associated with cancers of the reproductive system. It’s probably not a good idea to be getting a dose of estrogen in your food, especially since we also have other estrogen mimickers in our environment such as plastics. Soy-based infant formulas are quite worrisome, especially since we’re now seeing some female infants get their first  period  and experience breast development.

3. If you have a gluten sensitivity, you probably also have a soy sensitivity.
On a molecular level, soy protein closely resembles wheat protein (gluten). Therefore, if you have sensitivities to gluten, it’s likely your body will react similarly to soy. If you’ve gone gluten-free and are still having unusual, vague symptoms, check all your foods and supplements for soy ingredients.

4. Soy can kill your thyroid.

Soy is one of the most goitrogenic (goiter causing) foods on the planet. It blocks your thyroid gland’s ability to absorb iodine, making it impossible to produce enough thyroid hormone to power your body’s cells and regulate your metabolism. If you’re getting acupuncture for weight loss and still not losing weight, ditch the soy. Your thyroid will thank you.

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