Saturday, 14 January 2017

Dairy-free Diet - updated

Lactose, a form of sugar found in dairy foods, can cause many digestive problems like diarrhea, bloating, flatulence to acne for many people.

Cutting out animal milk-based products, including cheese, butter, cream, yoghurt may remove many health problems.

On the moral/ethical side, people now take a stand on how cows are reared, like forced to be impregnated to maintain milk yields, the cramped environment where they are reared, type of food being fed and the amount of antibiotics used.


  1. Milk can be replaced by the ready available plant-based milk like soy, almond, coconut and rice.
  2. May help solve health problems for those who are lactose intolerant.
  3. Calcium from dairy products can now be replaced by supplements or plant-based milk.
  4. Avoiding dairy products may help prevent breast and prostate cancers. [NEW - you may want to read Health tips: How to beat breast and prostate cancers]


  1. Avoiding yoghurt and cheese deprives of good bacteria for your gut. But they can be replaced by fermented food.

Health tips: How to beat breast and prostate cancers

1) Prostate cancer

Two studies published in 1999 found that a high level of omega-3 fats in the body was associated with a reduced risk.

This association is strengthened by research which found that men eating moderate or high amounts of oily fish were up to three times less likely to develop prostate cancer compared to those who ate none.

How to reduce cancer risk
  1. Eating moderate or high amounts of oily fish were up to 3 times less likely to develop prostate cancer compared to those who ate none.
  2. Alternative to cow's milk-based products include soya milk, soya yoghurt and soya ice-cream. Soya consume more than once a day had a 70% reduction in risk of developing this disease.
  3. Free radical damage can be reduced through increased consumption of 'antioxidant' nutrients in the diet, such as vitamins C and E, beta-carotene and the mineral selenium.
  4. Men consuming 4 services of vegetables a day had a 35% reduced risk of prostate cancer compared to those consumed 2 services a day.

What will increase risk of cancer
  1. High consumption of dairy products a day increased their prostate cancer riks by more than 40%.
  2. Cancer is known to be triggered, at least in part, by damaging molecules known as 'free radicals'.

2. Breast cancer

by JANE PLANT, a scientist

I had so many gruelling operations - a mastectomy, 12 sessions of chemotherapy and 35 radiotherapy treatments, and despite everything, I was still left with a lump the size of half a boiled egg sticking out of my neck.

It was a secondary cancer, since the disease had reached my lymph system, and I was absolutely fed up. I just had a session of chemotherapy which had had no effect on this latest large lump.

My husband Peter is also a scientist - he is a mineralogist and gemologist - and he had recently come back from a trip to China. We were musing on why so few Chinese women get breast cancer - their incidence of the disease is one in 100,000 - and what was different about their way of life, and it suddenly struck me that they just did not have any dairy products in their diet.

I eliminated all dairy produce from my diet immediately - I had been eating organic yoghurt to help my digestive tract recover from the chemotherapy, but I also threw out anything containing milk products, from biscuits to soups and even some forms of margarine. Within days, the lump began to itch, then to soften and shrink, until, after six weeks, it had vanished altogether.

Why dairy produce is bad for cancer?
Dairy products do not initiate cancer, rather they promote it because they contain a number of substances called growth factors.

Both breasts and prostate have receptors for growth factors, which cause cells to divide and reproduce. It seems that if you have a damaged cell, these growth factors will select these damaged cells, and cause them to grow out of all control.

So, how to beat cancer?
  1. Reduce your intake of dairy produce and eat more alternative to cow's milk-based products
  2. Reduce consumption of processed foods and eat more unprocessed foods as they contain minerals and antioxidants to fight cancer and free radicals.