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So, I went on a mission today to find vegan versions of different products to compare with the non-vegan version from my local shop, Morrison’s. I’ve compared them for price, weight, and of course, ingredients. This proves just how easy it is to obtain these products by looking a little closer at the labels for dairy, egg, and animal-derived free! **I will do this at other shops such as Waitrose or Sainsbury’s to be fair to your trusty local as well!**

Superjam @ 82p / 212 g Vs. Hartley’s @ 1.29 / 340 g

(Superjam contains no cane sugar; cane sugar is usually filtered through animal bone material. It also contains no extra food coloring or unnecessary gelling agents!)

Pure Soya Spread @ 1.00 / 500g Vs. Flora Spread @ 1.50 / 500g

(Pure does not contain any milk or buttermilk and is certified vegan, which means it did not come in contact with anything animal. Hallelujah!)

Alprosoya Single Cream @ 50p / 250ml Vs. Elmlea Single Cream @ 78p / 284ml

(How could Life have thought of such a great product? These geniuses made baking a whole lot easier… this is on the plane of soya yogurt!)

Florentino Basil Pesto @ 1.75 / 170ml Vs. Sacla Pesto @ 2.19 / 190g

(Although I am a big fan of cashews, this pesto is made without nuts at all — instead it’s made with basil! Pretty risky and pretty frisky! The biggest upside is that it does not contain cheese which is that little ingredient that makes the biggest difference!)

Kinnerton Dark Chocolate @ 1.19 / 100g Vs. Dairymilk @ 1.30 / 140g

(Vegan chocolate. Mmmmmm. You’d think it was hard to find… but not really!)

Biona Rye Bread @ 90p / 500g Vs. Morrison’s Seeded Bread @ 79p / 400g

(Guess what? This German rye bread is the real deal with minimal ingredients and totally animal-free… regular bread has so many hidden ingredients like skimmed-milk powder and even eggs so it can be tedious to look at the labels. Minimal is best in this department!)

And there you have it… shop local and despair no more!

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Currently marketed as “does a body good” and one of the main sources of calcium on the food guide pyramid, milk is not the guiltless white savior it is made out to be. Dr. Kradjian, from the Seton Medical Center, reviewed over 500 relevant articles about the health benefits of milk – which turned out not to be many. He said of the reports “They were only slightly less than horrifying. … The main focus of the published reports seems to be on intestinal colic, intestinal irritation, intestinal bleeding, anemia, allergic reactions in infants and children as well as infections such as salmonella. Contamination of milk by blood and white (pus) cells as well as a variety of chemicals and insecticides was also discussed.”

Unfortunately, authorities only test for four of the 82 drugs in dairy cows. The Food and Drug Administration does not protect the public… because they are the ones failing to insure safe standards. An unbiased study was done by The Centre for Science in the Public Interest and they found 38% of milk samples in ten cities were contaminated with drugs. When the FDA used the same standards, 51% showed traces of drugs and antibiotics. The other ingredients that come with cow’s milk are penicillin used to treat udder diseases, pesticides, genetically-engineered bovine growth hormone, pus, cow hormones, and blood. Kradjian notes, “You may be horrified to learn that the USDA allows milk to contain from one to one and a half million white blood cells per milliliter.”

These shocking statistics beg the question to every mother: would you feed cow’s milk to your child? The milk of every species of mammal is unique and specifically tailored to the requirements of that animal. Cow’s milk, for example, has three to four times as much protein as a human mother’s milk. It is six to ten times more deficient in essential fatty acids as a mother’s milk, especially linoleic acid of which skimmed milk has none. Babies need a certain formula, which is pure mother’s milk, to reach full neurological and nervous potential. If not, it can have dire consequences for a baby like neurological disease, childhood diabetes, and even lower intelligence. Kradjian states that “Clearly, our specialization is for advanced neurological development and delicate neuromuscular control. We do not have much need of massive skeletal growth or huge muscle groups as does a calf.” Babies are not the same as baby cows, who need their mother’s milk to grow into adolescence at 545 kilos!

Benjamin Spock, perhaps the best-known pediatrician in history told the world what he thought about human consumption of milk. “I want to pass on the word to parents that cows’ milk from the carton has definite faults for some babies. Human milk is the right one for babies. A study comparing the incidence of allergy and colic in the breast-fed infants of omnivorous and vegan mothers would be important. I haven’t found such a study; it would be both important and inexpensive. And it will probably never be done. There is simply no academic or economic profit involved.” For all the indication that milk does not “do a body good”, scientists like Kradjian are speaking out about the downfalls. In closing, he says “Most of the people on this planet live very healthfully without cows’ milk. You can too. It will be difficult to change; we’ve been conditioned since childhood to think of milk as “nature’s most perfect food.” I’ll guarantee you that it will be safe, improve your health and it won’t cost anything. What can you lose?”

Read: Kradjian’s Article.

Read: What the Guardian thinks about Dairy.

Read: My personal favorite!

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