Everybody knows the problems with dairy. Filling up on ice cream, butter and cappuccino foam is bound to bloat your belly and leave you less healthy all over. New research suggests that it’s not just calories you have to be worried about when it comes to gobbling cheddar, however. Dairy is actually a contributor to some forms of cancer.
According to the study, which was performed in Sweden, people who are lactose intolerant don’t get cancer at the same rate as the rest of us. Lung, breast and ovarian cancer rates were all lower in people who weren’t able to consume dairy.
You will have heard how the rates of these cancers is much higher in Europe and America but other than not smoking, something you should have already done if you’re serious about changing your life, there’s not enough advice on what can be done to not get these diseases.
Lactose intolerance breakthrough
Several experiments in the past linked heavy dairy consumption with higher rates of cancer, but none did it quite as convincingly or artfully as this research. Most looked at differences between cancer in Africa and Europe, or similar location based statistics. This leaves a wide area of errors.
Jianguang Ji, the scientist who made this discovery, used a genius method to beat the weakness of past experiments. Instead of looking at dairy consumption between countries, which could be caused by genetic or geographical environmental factors, he decided to find a group of people who lived in the same place but differed on their dairy intake.
The perfect sample was, as we know now, lactose intolerant people. That breakthrough was the secret to sorting out the truth about the link between dairy and cancer, something that has always been implied, but was difficult to say without attracting attention.
The link between eating dairy and cancer has been contested for decades, and food companies don’t want you to guess what their favorite ingredient is doing to your health. This research will hopefully be enough to convince people of the truth.
Though this study is a real breakthrough, the researcher isn’t ready to call his work finished. According to Ji “We must interpret these results with caution because the association we found is insufficient to conclude a causative effect. Further studies are needed to identify factors that explain the study’s results.”
Lactose intolerance is usually seen as disadvantage, locking cheese and even yogurt out of the pantry. The link between the digestive problem and cancer shows that there’s some good with the bad, and you may think about simulating the disease by cutting dairy out altogether. Unfortunately it’s not an easy path to follow.
Learning to live without dairy
It’s all very well and good to talk about giving up dairy, but it can be difficult in practice. Getting healthy doesn’t mean giving up all of the foods you love, but if something has been linked to causing cancer, you should seriously consider cutting it out to improve your life.
There’s a few things you can learn in order to live without dairy. The first, is to learn the healthiest alternative to replace your milk, vegetable based milks like almond milk and coconut milk are among the most popular ones. By implementing this one simple change, you’ll be improving your overall health, lowering the risk of cancer and even reducing your caloric intake.
Remember to check ingredients on the back of the box. Giving up dairy is one of the hardest things you’ll ever do to improve your health, only because anything that comes in a cardboard box or a plastic packet is likely to contain milk power or other sources of lactose.
You’re going to have to give up processed snacks, but these snacks don’t contribute to your healthy lifestyle. Using fruits and vegetables to snack on during the day is the best and healthiest alternative to processed foods, eliminating dairy will not only reduce the risk of cancer and other diseases but it will also help you reach your weight loss goals faster than you could have imagine.
Cancer is serious, and if you’re genuinely trying to lower your risk of this terrible disease, you need to make your decisions confidently. Slashing dairy out of your diet will help you live a happier healthier life.
Please share this information with all your family and friends, so that they can also discover the truth about dairy.
Together we can make this world a happier, healthier world!