Did you know that over 75% of the human population worldwide are lactose intolerant? This is totally normal. We are not supposed to drink cows milk. Cows milk is for baby cows. We are, in fact, the only species that drinks milk from another species. Most animals don’t continue to drink milk after infancy, thus the enzyme to digest milk declines.
During evolution, some mutations allowed a minority of humans to digest lactose, but the fact that 75% still remain intolerant to lactose is enough to convince me that this is not natural, and the bloating and digestive issues experienced make it unpleasant too.
And let’s not forget how very cruel and unfair dairy is for cows and their babies.
Cows do not produce milk naturally. We don’t have to milk them, otherwise they burst. They are force impregnated, and then their calves are taken away from them so that humans can steal their milk. If you want to find out more about what goes on behind closed doors in the dairy industry, visit the Viva website.
There are so many dairy alternatives now, and there is simply no need to continue to consume dairy products, which are bad for our health and obtained in such a cruel and inhumane manner.
So, I wanted to share with you one of my favourite dairy free brands, Koko. They offer a great range of milks, yogurts, spread and coconut oil. I have yet to try a lot of their range, but they kindly sent me some of their dairy free milk to try and it’s wonderful!
Pictured above, is one of my green smoothies made with Koko Original. It makes a great tasting, healthy morning drink, and doesn’t over thicken when I add my ground flaxseed. Contrary to what many people assume, it doesn’t have an overpowering taste of coconut, it’s actually very light and delicate. I therefore find it’s the best of the milk alternatives in tea.
I’ve heard a few people mention that they are not sure if this milk is good for them because of the sucrose esters used (natural sugars). Koko advised me that most of their products contain natural sugars, because they wanted to match dairy milk as much as possible to make the transition to dairy free as easy as possible. Lactose is the natural sugar that is in dairy products, and Koko have instead used natural sugars (such as grape juice) as an alternative, to match the slight sweetness in dairy milk.
Koko is made in a factory free from nuts, it’s completely gluten free and soya free, as well as lactose free, making it perfect for all kinds of allergy sufferers as well as vegans.
A super tasty, cruelty free and healthy choice – cholesterol free, with fat and calcium levels matched to semi skimmed milk.
Koko is available in most supermarkets and health stores.
I was sent this product free of charge for review purposes. All opinions are my own.