Ditch the Dairy with this Vegan Strawberry Almond Yogurt

study published in PLoS Computational Biology, tracked the onset of lactose intolerance in countries throughout the world. According to this paper, there's a genetic mutation that's actually served as a survival mechanism for humans. It's been found that 60% of the world's population can’t properly digest dairy. No other species can drink milk beyond infancy, and it turns out, most of the human population can't either. 

Goat and sheep dairy are becoming popular alternatives for the no-cow-dairy crowd. However, goat and sheep dairy products are just as high in lactose. Until more research is done, the evidence for these products as a suitable, digestible cow dairy alternative, is sketchy at best. Cow dairy contains 4.8% lactose, goat dairy contains 4.7% lactose and sheep dairy contains 4.6% lactose.  

If you're included in the 60% of people who can't digest lactose and dairy, you may notice the following if you cut it out of your diet: opened nasal passages, fewer colds, reduced gas, disappearance of belly bloat, elimination of red cheeks, reduced acne and the disappearance of keratosis pilaris ("chicken skin") on the back of arms.      

If you’re looking for some books to help you transition away from animal products (including dairy) to help with the above issues, your overall health, the environment and the betterment of animals, I’ve written about that here

Luckily, you can still eat yogurt -just use nuts! This recipe is luxuriously creamy, soy-free and made with almonds. The longer it sits, the more it tastes like the "real" deal. Feel free to use any fruit in this yogurt to suit your taste and the season (banana yogurt, blueberry yogurt, raspberry yogurt, mango yogurt, strawberry-banana yogurt -you get the idea). 

I’ve been playing around with a homemade coconut yogurt with probiotic powder the last little while, but it’s definitely not ready to share. Until then, if you’re looking for an easy, satisfying, kinder way to eat yogurt, look no further. I give you, Strawberry Almond Yogurt. 


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