Good, Better, Best: what should I put on my cereal?
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Dear GreenSmoothieGirl: What should I put on my cereal?
Most people put fractionated (skim, 1%, or 2%) antibiotic- and steroid- and hormone-treated cow’s milk on their cereal. Then, they figure out that dairy isn’t good for them and they switch to soy milk, another fractionated/processed, highly estrogenic and thyroid-suppressing food. (A great man named Ezra Taft Benson who held the highest agriculture post in the U.S. said, in the 1950’s, way before research showed this more definitively, that any time we alter our food source, it will be to our detriment.) I recommend you avoid both of these options altogether. Even if you’re not a milk drinker, you may wonder what to put on your cereal.
Good: (1) Rice Dream (still a bit processed but made from brown rice and unsweetened) or almond milk from the health food store, or (2) raw, whole dairy milk
Better: Raw goat’s milk (an especially good option for young children)
Best: Homemade nut “mylk” (put 1 part nuts like cashews, almonds, or pumpkin seeds, soaked overnight and drained, with 4 parts water in your BlendTec and puree until smooth, optionally with a tsp. of vanilla)
Why is raw goat’s milk better for you than dairy? First, you usually find it directly from the people milking the goats, not huge dairies using many chemicals. It’s raw, not homogenized or pasteurized, thus retaining its enzymes. It has a smaller fat molecule than cow’s milk, so it permeates the human semipermeable membranes rather than causing the body to produce mucous to flush it out. And its enzyme and amino acid profile is more similar to human milk. Babies weaned onto it do better than with dairy or soy.
Nut mylk avoids animal proteins altogether, and if you soak the nuts overnight, they are germinated and “live,” containing an abundance of enzymes to add to your breakfast cereal, not to mention good omega 3 fatty acids and a wealth of vitamins, minerals–and insoluble fiber, if you don’t strain it (just shake before using).