Dairy & Its Alternatives with Coyo's Bethany Eaton
The founder of Coyo
in the UK is an amazing lady called Bethany Eaton. Not only is she working hard to get Coyo into our local stores (yippeee) but she is also a trained nutritionist. We did a little interview with her to discuss some of the in's and out's of dairy and its alternatives.
1. From the standing point of a trained nutritionist, can you explain the health benefits of avoiding dairy?
Cow’s dairy has been linked to a number of health complaints which should be taken seriously. Milk is produced for a calf to help it grow, and part of this process is the acceleration of cell growth. Because of this, some cancer patients are advised to remove it from their diet.
Dairy can also cause acne and bloating. The human body produces an enzyme called Lactase until around the age of 4. This enzyme breaks down Lactose (the main sugar in cow’s milk). Without this enzyme, we cannot digest cow’s milk products, and this causes adverse reactions in the body.
2. Many people choose to substitute dairy with soya – what are your thoughts on this?
This is an entire essay in itself! The most important points I would raise however are that soya is mass produced and can be genetically modified. Further, it is a vegetable protein which is not easily digested, so it is easy to become intolerant as the body finds it difficult to break down – the side effect of this can include bloating, gas and constipation.
The high levels of phytic acid in soy block the absorption of certain vital nutrients including calcium, magnesium, copper, iron and zinc. It is not the best option for every day eating in any way.
3. Coconut is considered by many to be high in fat, what makes this fat good?
Coconut fat is very good for you – it is one of the richest sources of medium chain fatty acids (MCFA). These fats are smaller, easily digested and burned by the liver for energy, rather than being stored in the body as fat. Additionally, coconut is one of the only fats that the liver does not have to use bile to break it down. MCFAs also boost the thyroid, support the immune system and are heart healthy.
4. What is the one dietary/fitness change that you would recommend everyone make?
Never eat low fat products - they are highly processed, unnatural and bad for you. Far from being a healthy choice, in reality they are bulked out with modified starches – the carbs are through the roof!
Eat good fats at every meal – nut butter, nuts, olives, avocado, and coconut oil (and of course COYO..!)
You may have seen that Coyo was our Product Of The Week a month or two ago - read more on that and some HH recipes to enjoy with Coyo here.