What You Actually Gain From Cutting Dairy Out Of Your Diet
You eliminate an inferior calcium source:
What’s most surprising is that people only think of milk when they want a calcium source.
“There’s calcium in dairy, there’s protein in pork and iron in beef, but the food is a package deal,” Dr. Greger points out. “You can’t say, ‘I would like the burger, but hold the saturated fat and growth hormones. And that’s the baggage that comes with dairy.” The baggage is saturated fat, cholesterol, and hormones.
Furthermore, only 31% of the calcium in cow milk is absorbed by the body as compared to 60-70% calcium absorption through vegan food like sesame seeds…
You get more fibre and antioxidants from nondairy foods:
Apart from the highly absorbable calcium, vegan sources of calcium have tons of fiber and antioxidants that are very important for the body. Kale, almonds and collard greens are examples of such food.
“Ninety-seven percent of people don’t reach their minimum daily fiber intake,” Dr. Greger says. “Dairy and animal products have no fiber. Getting calcium from vegetables, you get fiber, folates, antioxidants — all the things missing from dairy that we could use more of.”
Of course, for all that to work, you have got to actually EAT them, buying them and keeping them in the fridge just doesn’t have the same effect. “If they rot in your crisper drawer, the absorption rate is zero,” says Dr. Greger.