Inflammation is generally not all that well understood. And, when casually linked to chronic disease without much in the way of a clear explanation, as it often is, it tends to become even less well understood.
What is inflammation?
Inflammation is a standard immune system response to trauma often in the form of cell damage and/or the introduction of a pathogen. Put bluntly, without inflammation, the body would be unable to heal. Chemicals from white blood cells are released into the bloodstream, causing an increase in blood flow to the area of trauma, ultimately aiding the healing process. In this capacity, inflammation is highly beneficial.
The problem is that some substances we consume are also treated similarly to pathogens, and are considered harmful by the body and also elicit an immune response in the form of inflammation.
So, while inflammation can be beneficial, low-level chronic inflammation, like some people may experience from dairy can potentially lead to long-term health implications. This includes exacerbating existing health conditions such as Rheumatoid Arthritis (an inflammatory form of Arthritis) and Atherosclerosis (hardening and narrowing of the arteries that may result in stroke).
Because of this, along with an increase in Lactose Intolerance, Veganism and the popularity of low carb and Ketogenic diets, low carb milk in the form of plant-based milk products are fast becoming a hot ticket item.
In the section below we’ll list the four most established alternatives to dairy milk, along with a cultured milk product that has shown benefits in regard to inflammation and lactose intolerance.
We’ll also give our take on the taste of each.