Dairy vs. Dairy Alternatives: the Pros & Cons of Each

Whether you are avoiding dairy because of allergies/sensitivities, are a vegan, or are simply joining the trend, plant-based milk alternatives have become increasingly more popular in America. With so many milk and milk-alternative options available, it can easily become confusing and overwhelming when trying to make a choice. Here are the pros and cons of traditional cow’s milk and several other dairy alternatives. Continue reading Dairy vs. Dairy Alternatives: the Pros & Cons of Each

How Your Diet Can Help (or Hurt) Your Seasonal Allergies

Allergy season is now upon us! Autumn is as active a season for allergies as it is in the spring. While most pollen and irritants circulate themselves on the dry windy days of an Indian summer, it will actually continue into late fall. In Wisconsin, the irritants are considered to be moderate in scope and many people will continue with the symptoms into the holidays. Indoors, we are usually concerned about the buildup of mold during the fall, which will also add to the ongoing nature of our symptoms.

The most common symptoms of seasonal allergies are: dry itching skin, puffy/red eyes, inability to breathe, coughing, even cold and flu-like symptoms, may occur. Medical experts state that all aspects of your life can be interrupted; i.e. sleep, ability to concentrate, and eating. They do recommend staying on your normal schedule for taking medications, and making sure that they are the right ones for you. Most medications take the form of antihistamines and decongestants. Always, seeing your physician before this time of year begins is a good idea.

How are foods going to be affected? And can they help? These are the primary foods to consider for seasonal allergies: Continue reading How Your Diet Can Help (or Hurt) Your Seasonal Allergies

Advice for People with Lactose Intolerance

Many people will have difficulties with their consumption of milk and milk products due to a variety of different reasons. Stress can be a problem, as well as temporary stomach upset such as the flu, or bacterial infections. Others, will have a continuing problem consuming dairy foods for most of their lives. If you are having frequent stomach upset, cramping and bloating, then it is best to stay away from dairy-based foods all together. Continue reading Advice for People with Lactose Intolerance

Dairy Can Help Prevent Disease for Some Adults

For about twenty five cents a glass, milk is a dietary and economic value, delivering incomparable nutrition and taste. The only time that dairy may present problems, is in the case of consumers being lactose intolerant. Nevertheless, for those whose bodies can digest dairy and lactose properly, research has shown for some time that dairy products contribute to overall health and disease prevention. Continue reading Dairy Can Help Prevent Disease for Some Adults

Health Benefits of Dairy Products

By Rita Larsen, RDN, CD; Elite Sports Clubs Nutrition Educator & Diet Counselor

Many of us take dairy products for granted or don’t consume them at all. Around the 1950’s many health advisors did not think milk was really important once we had reached our growth potential and many childbearing women had given milk up completely, as it was considered “too many calories” except when they were pregnant. Today, much more is known about dairy products that make them very acceptable as a known “Meal Component” for all ages, children for sure, and adults at all ages. Continue reading Health Benefits of Dairy Products