Personal Trainer Denver CO
What type of milk should you drink?
I attended a seminar by Dr. Joseph J. Singh, DC, a Certified Maximized Living Mentor. What resonated most with me was his discussion about milk. Before then, I had been drinking soy milk, but no more. Dr. Singh explained that there is a chemical in soy milk that mimics estrogen in the body. I knew about this phytoestrogen, but I read that it was not a problem and I didn’t have much concern about it since the Chinese have been using it for centuries and they certainly don’t have any problems reproducing. After the seminar, I got to thinking about it. I considered where I got my information on soy products and there appears to be strong financial incentives on both sides of the argument about the efficacy of soy products.
Who has something to gain from the consumption of soy? Perhaps companies like Monsanto, which produce the genetically modified soybean seeds. Perhaps companies like Cargill Foods or SoyLife, which produce soy-based foods. Or soybean councils in several states and the companies that are constructing factories all over the world to do processing for soy products.
After further research, I’ve concluded that soy has more negatives than positives. Negatives such as containing a large number of dangerous substances, such as phytrates, which block the body’s uptake of essential minerals like magnesium, calcium, iron and zinc. Soybeans also contain potent enzyme-inhibitors which block trypsin and other enzymes which the body needs for protein digestion. As a personal trainer, the last thing I want to recommend is something that inhibits protein digestion. In addition, soybeans also contain hemagglutinin, a clot-promoting substance which causes red blood cells to clump together. These clustered blood cells cannot properly absorb oxygen for distribution to the body’s tissues, and are unable to help in maintaining good cardiac health. Also, a large percentage of soy is genetically modified and it has one of the highest percentages of contamination by pesticides of any food we eat. Then of course is this controversial issue of hormonal imbalance with soy.
It seems that soy may not be the best choice. So, this leaves the question…what type of milk should you drink? In his seminar, Dr Singh ranked the types of milk from best to worst in this order:
1. Rice milk
2. Almond milk
3. Raw milk (unpasteurized)
4. Organic milk
5. Pateurized milk
6. Soy milk
Almond milk has more protein than rice milk, but it also typically has more additives like a lot of cane sugar. This may be why it was ranked lower than rice milk on Dr. Singh’s list. Rice milk ranks much higher on the glycemic index, being derived from rice, which is fairly high glycemic to begin with. Unsweetened almond milk has a very low glycemic index rating of 30. this is great for anyone with concerns of blood sugar levels. Cow’s milk is of course not an option if you’re vegetarian or lactose intolerant. I am neither, but it seems more natural for an animal over the age of two to be off breast milk as humans are the only animals that continue to consume it in mature stages of life.
So there you have it. It comes down to a matter of preference. Right now, I’m on the fence between rice milk and almond milk. How about you?
You can learn more about Dr. Singh at www.MaximizedLivingDrSigh.com .