I’ve been toying with different levels of milk and dairy products in my diet during my last 60 days. At first it was hard for me to cut out dairy so I continued to use milk in my coffee and small amounts of cheese during my first 30 days. In my second 30 days, I switched to almond milk, and cut out the cheese. I did not notice much of a difference, except that my coffee tasted terrible. So, I’ve decided that since I enjoy it so much, and I seem to tolerate it well, I’m going to include it in my diet again in the right way. I understand that many if not most humans are lactose intolerant or sensitive, and was surprised to learn that full fat milk contains less lactose and is therefore easier to digest. It also tastes better, and is more nutritious than it’s skimmed counterpart. I recently returned from Costa Rica and their countryside was dotted with happy, healthy grazing dairy cows (pictured below). When I returned, I went on a search for grass-fed, non-homogenized, unpasteurized and full fat dairy options. Here are the best that I found:
Hartzler’s Cream Top Milk – Delicious in my coffee, or straight from the glass bottle. The cows are grass-fed, the milk is pasteurized at a very low temperature, and it is non-homogenized. I used to buy their skim milk, which was delicious, but I never realized how much tastier and healthier the full fat milk really was.
Erivan Yogurt – they pasteurize the cream only once before the culturing process. I mashed up some ripe blueberries and mixed them in with a drop of raw honey. Yum.
Here’s a very interesting article about dairy and the health benefits of fat. How do you respond to dairy in your diet? Are there any unpasteurized, non-homogenized, full fat or grass-fed dairy products you recommend?