This Is NOT A Glass Of Milk (From A Cow)! But You Might LIke It Just As Much

Homemade almond oat milk by Haus of Gloi
Homemade almond oat milk, a photo by Haus of Gloi on Flickr.

In Chinese medicine there is an imbalanced state of health that we call damp accumulation or if it’s thick enough, phlegm retention. It doesn’t sound pleasant does it? When you visit an acupuncturist it’s one of the things we’re checking into about you.

If your health challenges do include damp (ask your acupuncturist if you don’t know!) it is very likely that you’ll get the “Let’s-see-if-things-improve-if-you-cut-out-dairy” talk. “CUT OUT DAIRY?!?!?!?” is the most popular response to that followed by a close second: “What about getting enough calcium in my diet?” Your acupuncturist knows quite well that if they suggest no dairy that they are about to get the stink eye at best and maybe threats to their overall safety at worst (usually cheese is the sticking point) but they will suggest it anyway because the possible benefits to your health could be life changing.

And be prepared, there are delicious milk substitutes that have a higher daily value percentage of calcium than milk and green leafy veggies often trump those numbers as well.

So, let’s look at the numbers for one cup of each….

  Milk Almond Soy Flax Rice
Calcium 28%DV 45%DV 45%DV 30%DV 30%DV
Protein 8g 1g 6g 0g 1g
Fat 7.7g 2.5g 3.5g 2.5g 2.5g
Calories 149 60 90 50 120

Hopefully, these numbers will give you the courage to go out and try something new. Just remember to always consider any allergies you might have to a new substance.

Have fun!

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