When Susan Macfarlane dropped all animal and animal products from her diet she unexpectedly dropped 12 pounds from her already fit frame. “I like to joke that it was 12 pounds in cheese,” said the Ottawa-based registered dietitian in a phone interview with Yahoo Canada. Khloé Kardashian claims she lost 11 pounds just by cutting out all dairy products.
Given the rise in dairy and lactose intolerance, alongside the surge in popularity of clean eating and the availability of nut milk alternatives, it seems that dairy has had its day. Once a staple of the American diet, milk has sunk so low in popularity (consumption has fallen 30 percent since the 1990s) that it’s now cheaper than water, and the dairy industry is in crisis. “The dairy industry has always claimed milk to be a perfect natural food,” says Cheryl Fayolle, a nutritional therapist in London listed on the British nutrition information network Nutritionist Resource.
While breastfeeding is known to be beneficial for both moms and babies, research shows that up to 80 per cent of women have trouble producing milk. “Lactation cookies” have become a popular product on the market. Among the different recipes, common ingredients include oats, flaxseed, brewer’s yeast and fenugreek - a combination aimed at boosting a woman’s milk supply.