Non-Dairy Alternatives You and The Planet Can Feel Good About!

Non-Dairy Alternatives You and The Planet Can Feel Good About
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Did you know that approximately 65% of the adult human population has a reduced ability to digest lactose (1)?

If you’ve ever experienced bloating, abdominal pain, and frequent trips to the toilet after consuming your favourite latte, a slice of cheesy pizza, or a yummy scoop of ice cream – you are all too familiar with the misery that dairy can wreak on your gut.

Let’s face it – it can feel impossible to avoid dairy in your diet! Not only is dairy included in so many foods and drinks, but it also just tastes so darn good! On top of that, dairy can be problematic for those with Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) – a condition that affects 11% of the global population (2).  

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What’s more? A recent study from the International Journal of Epidemiology concluded that high intakes of dairy milk were associated with a greater risk of breast cancer!

What about the environmental impact?

According to the World Wildlife Foundation , dairy cows and their manure produce greenhouse gas emissions that are contributing to climate change! In the USA alone, 144 gallons of water is used to produce just 1 gallon of milk, and 1 dairy cow produces 17 gallons of manure and urine a day which can pollute the water and air when improperly managed (3). Yikes!

Whether you cannot digest dairy, are watching your health, live a vegan/plant-based lifestyle, or are eco-conscious –  there are plenty of tasty non-dairy alternatives, for all your eating, drinking, baking, and saving the environment needs.  Check out some of the options below! Live Well Nourished.

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Non-Dairy Milk

Native Forest Organic Classic Coconut Milk

  • Organic
  • Non-GMO
  • Gluten-Free

Silk Organic Soymilk 

  • Organic
  • Non-GMO
  • Unsweetened

Non-Dairy Chocolate

Enjoy Life Rice Milk Crunch Bars

  • Allergy Friendly
  • Non-GMO
  • Egg Free

Enjoy Life Semi-Sweet Vegan Chocolate Chips

  • Non-GMO
  • Vegan
  • Gluten – Free

Non-Dairy Creamer

Laird Superfood Coffee Creamer

  • Non-GMO
  • Vegan
  • Gluten-Free

Califia Farms – Vanilla Almond Milk Coffee Creamer

  • Gluten-Free
  • Non-GMO
  • Vegan

Non-Dairy Condensed Milk

Let’s Do Organic Sweetened Condensed Coconut Milk

  • Organic
  • Non-GMO
  • Vegan

Non-Dairy Salad Dressing

Daiya Creamy Caesar Salad Dressing

  • Non-GMO
  • Vegan
  • Gluten-Free

Non-Dairy Cheese Sauce

Daiya Cheddar Cheese Sauce & Daiya Alfredo Cheese Sauce

  • Soy Free
  • Versatile
  • Ready to Servce

Non-Dairy Desserts

Enjoy Life Double Chocolate Brownie Cookies

  • Non-GMO
  • Vegan
  • Gluten-Free

Castle Kitchen Classic Caramel Premium Dark Hot Chocolate Mix

  • Non-GMO
  • Vegan
  • Gluten-Free

BONUS: Make Your Own Dairy Free Yogurt!

Belle and Bella Yogo Starter 

  • Non-GMO
  • Gluten-Free
  • Use with any type of milk

BONUS: Non-Dairy Cookbook!

Eat Dairy Free: Your Essential Cookbook for Everyday Meals, Snacks, and Sweets

  • Over 100 Recipes
  • Completely free of milk-based ingredients
  • Gluten-Free and Egg-Free Options Included

Final Words

Consuming dairy has been a part of humanity for centuries, and we do not necessarily have to completely eliminate dairy consumption. However, the way that dairy is being mass-produced nowadays is harming the environment, and there is evidence of its harm to people, too. We can use our voices, actions, and purchases to send a message that we care about sustainability and our wellbeing.

What are your top non-dairy picks?

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Sources 

(2) Canavan, C., West, J., & Card, T. (2014, February 4). The epidemiology of irritable bowel syndrome. Retrieved from https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3921083/

Dairy. (n.d.). Retrieved from https://www.worldwildlife.org/industries/dairy

Fraser, Gary E, J.-S., Karen, Orlich, Michael, Andrew, … Synnove. (2020, February 25). Dairy, soy, and risk of breast cancer: those confounded milks. Retrieved from https://academic.oup.com/ije/advance-article-abstract/doi/10.1093/ije/dyaa007/57434921)

(1)Lactose intolerance – Genetics Home Reference – NIH. (n.d.). Retrieved from https://ghr.nlm.nih.gov/condition/lactose-intolerance#statistics

(3) Milk’s impact on the environment. (n.d.). Retrieved from https://www.worldwildlife.org/magazine/issues/winter-2019/articles/milk-s-impact-on-the-environment

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