Dairy and Non Dairy Milk Recipes

Got milk? Does milk do a body good? Have you ever stood in the dairy aisle and wondered wtf? Nonfat, 2%, Whole, Pasteurized, Homogenized & the elusive raw? It’s a big topic & I can’t cover it all.

Truth be told, I’m not a big fan of dairy. I have the occasional bite or 2 of cheese, but that’s where it ends. While there are some nutrients in dairy, they can be found in many other sources, like bok choy, seaweed & almonds for starters. It’s one of the first things naturopathic & functional medicine drs will have you eliminate to treat inflammation.  

Pasteurization treats the milk w. mild heat to destroy pathogens & extend shelf life. However, it’s not 100% effective & also destroys some of the good bacteria, like the lactase-producing bacteria Lactobacillus, which is noteworthy because it’s needed to break down lactose. It became a widespread practice in the US in the 1920s as milk production & consumption increased. Prior to urbanization, there were many more people who lived on or near farms & able to limit the time between when a cow was milked  & consumption, which minimized the risk of disease transmission via raw milk. Raw milk isn’t legal in all 50 states. There’s a debate btw. the FDA & raw milk enthusiasts as to whether or not this changes the nutritional makeup of milk.

Homogenization is a mechanical process, that happens after pasteurization, is for consistency/taste versus safety. It prevents separation from occurring by breaking down fat molecules to a small size so they remain suspended evenly throughout the milk instead of rising to the top, which forms a cream.  

Skim and 2% – The whole milk is placed into a machine called a centrifugal separator, and spins the fat out of the milk. When you remove fat from milk, this usually means there is a loss of fat soluble nutrients, like vitamins A & D. They’re replaced with synthetic vitamins, sugar and other items to make up for what’s lost during the process.

My take is that dairy isn’t so great for the body as it’s a serious inflammation instigator and  is fairly processed in the US, unless you can get raw. Do you think milk does a body good?

Sources in comments:


Curriculum – Natural Gourmet Institute

“Food and Healing” – Anne Marie Colbin






Cashew Cream

Oat Milk

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