It takes 1,000 gallons of water are required to produce 1 gallon of milk. And that livestock and their byproducts account for at least 32,000 million tons of carbon dioxide (CO2) per year, or 51% of all worldwide greenhouse gas emissions. (source: cowspiracy.com) The more we switch out animal products from our daily lifestyle, the greater we can help protect the planet's precious resources.
From a health perspective, dairy milk is designed to grow things BIG. Specifically, cow milk is designed to grow a small baby calve into a huge1,800 pound cow. Consequently, eating excessive dairy products causes growth and chronic inflammation in the human body, too. Recent research reveals that dairy consumption has been found to be a leading cause and contributor to prostate, breast, testicular and colon cancers. In other words, the growth factors inherent in an animal product designed to help animals to grow huge - also grow cancer cells. Dairy products also contribute significant amounts of cholesterol and saturated fat to the diet which in turn can increase the risk of heart disease and can cause other serious health problems. Due to it's acidic nature, dairy has been linked to more rapid aging, poor skin and digestive problems.
A HEALTHY NEW ALTERNATIVE
Having become aware of these issues, not to mention the unimaginable cruelty and abuse cows and calves endure in the dairy industry - I stopped buying "regular" yoghurt, something which I loved, for the past 7 years. And none of the plant-based alternatives at the time tasted smooth or creamy enough. That's until I discovered Forager Project's Cashewgurt. I instantly fell in love! Smooth and creamy, it is the best-tasting plant-based yoghurt ever! Since my children approved it as well, you can find me clearing the shelf of Whole Foods market buying the unsweetened version by the case-load. Forager’s creamy Dairy-free Cashewgurt is made with organic creamy cashews and offers us an amazing yogurt alternative that is rich in probiotic goodness. All of their plant-based yoghurts (and beverages) are certified organic, non GMO, free of lactose, gluten and soy (and are kosher, too.)
It is delicious served for breakfast or as an afternoon snack topped with freshly sliced banana, strawberries and other fresh fruit and granola (optional.) I use it on savory dishes, too, topping a delicious bowl of sautéed vegetables and rice with Cashewgurt. My kids and I are nuts over this nut-based yoghurt that is better for the environment, non-harming to cows and better for our health!
Give it a try today and let me know if you love it as much as we do! x G.