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Should I cut out dairy?

Does anyone out there who is NOT lactose intolerant cut out dairy from their diet? If so why and how do you get your calcium?

Wed. Jul 5, 7:46pm

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I don't really fit the bill (I am lactose intolerant and still consume certain dairy products) but a good "how" is Viactiv chews... They come in many flavors, including chocolate, and they seem like a snack to me sometimes.

Wednesday, July 05, 2006, 8:32 PM

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There are quite a few researchers who are advocating cutting out dairy to promote weight loss and heart health these days. I've even read that some "blame" most of the US overweight problem on dairy consumption. The calorie density and fat content are so high that the nutrient benefit just isn't enough to justify.

I am not lactose intolerant but I severly limit my dairy intake. Although I absolutely LOVE cheese, milk and butter I have found that cutting out these foods has helped me drop over 60 lbs. I have a non-fat yogurt or some skim milk every so often but not regularly. I get my calcium from a daily supplement and many of the vegetables and seafood that I eat are high in calcium.

Wednesday, July 05, 2006, 8:46 PM

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I do almost no dairy, certainly never straight cheese, yogurt or ice cream, for several reasons. Most cows aren't treated very well and are given antibiotics and hormones that are passed on to you, milk isn't really designed for human consumption (it's made for baby cows) and I also have allergic reactions in the form of ear infections from dairy (ear and sinus infections are common allergic reactions that most people don't even know are caused by milk).

Check out this link for non-dairy calcium sources. Some surprising very high-calcium sources: soy, collard greens, figs, rhubarb and hummus.


Wednesday, July 05, 2006, 8:59 PM

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just want to add something... i was going to participate in a research study at a hospital here that studied the effects of calcium on weight loss using calcium fortified orange juice. Turned out i wasn't eligible to participate cause i was JUST barely not overweight officially anymore, but they were duplicating many studies before that show calcium from dairy like lowfat yogurt or skim milk or cheese (in moderation) can help a great deal with speeding up weight loss.


Wednesday, July 05, 2006, 10:12 PM

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I'm not diagnosed as lactose intolerant, however, I do notice that I get more mucous and my allergies flare if I have too much dairy. So I don't cut it out, but I restrict it- at most, 1 serving a day. And I try to stay with fresher cheeses like mozza and farmers rather than aged cheeses, or go for goat or sheep cheese. I don't drink milk. I get calcium from foods (spinach, almonds, broccoli, etc) and will take a calcium supplement ONCE in a while. (Too much calcium can be a bad thing)

Wednesday, July 05, 2006, 11:51 PM

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fyi: these are the ingredients of viactiv: Corn Syrup, Calcium Carbonate, Sugar, Nonfat Milk, Butter, Partially Hydrogenated Vegetable Oil (Soybean and Cottonseed), Soy Lecithin, Natural and Artificial Flavor, Glyceryl Monostearate, Carrageenan, Sodium Citrate, Sodium Phosphate, Vitamin D3, Vitamin K1
i remember looking at the label on this product before-it's a little like the drink "ensure". just want to pass along some info...

Thursday, July 06, 2006, 10:52 AM

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Doctor told me your bones need calcium when you get over 50 but in limited amounts. I have a small amount of milk everyday with my cereal plus I take a calcium vitiman and I've lost 25 pounds so far this year. I don't eat cheese or ice cream etc. I get the rest of my calcium from veggies.

Thursday, July 06, 2006, 10:59 AM

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Okay milk isn't 'made' from baby cows. Similar to a human a female only lactaes after she has had a baby or is pregnant. Most 'baby' cows aren't carrying another baby cow.

Thursday, July 06, 2006, 11:09 AM

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silk soy milk, and probably other brands, is calcium fortified and provides 30% rda of calcium in an 8oz glass. swiss chard is a terrific source, too. you need to consume vitamin d with calcium for the calcium to be absorsed into your system properly. and one should pay attention to one's sodium intake, too-a diet high in sodium will inhibit the absorption of calcium.

Thursday, July 06, 2006, 11:15 AM

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11:09 poster - the earlier poster didn't say "from" baby cows, s/he said "for" baby cows - the analogy being that breastmilk is for baby humans, cow's milk is for calves. I personally _don't_ think that means we shouldn't drink it, but that's a personal choice.

Thursday, July 06, 2006, 11:39 AM

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Article on milk and other beverages...

CSPI's Nutrition Action Health Letter has an article this month on the nutrient content of various beverages, including milk


Thursday, July 06, 2006, 1:29 PM

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article on how to prevent osteoporosis without dairy: (Interview with Dr. Joel Fuhrman)


Friday, November 06, 2009, 9:00 AM

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new PEERtrainer discussion on dairy:


Friday, November 06, 2009, 9:01 AM

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Diary Vs Bloating

Can anyone tell me if diary could be the cause of bloating? I mainly eat fruit and veg and about 2 serves of diary daily (skim yog, skim milk). Any advise would be appreciated...

Saturday, November 07, 2009, 11:24 AM

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Dairy, wheat, and candida would be common causes for bloating, depending on the person.

Monday, November 09, 2009, 9:43 AM

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It's hard for me to get calcium in daily b/c I'm not a fan of drinking straight milk so I take 2 viactiv caramel calcium chews a day - delicious b/c they taste like soft caramels and gives you your daily calcium intake.


Monday, November 09, 2009, 2:00 PM

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