Biggest Milk Producer In The US Files For Bankruptcy – Vegan News, Plant Based Living, Food, Health & more

Dean Foods has seen its profits tumble in recent years as consumers have started drinking less milk

The largest milk producer in the US is filing for bankruptcy. Dean Foods has seen its profits nosedive in recent years – with its CEO saying Americans are drinking less milk. The Dallas-based producer, which is 94-years-old, saw sales fall by seven percent in the first half of 2019, with profits plummeting by 14 percent. Its stock has lost 80 percent in that time.


Reports have cited the skyrocketing popularity of milk alternatives as part of the reason behind Dean Foods’ decline. According to Euromonitor, the global market for milk alternatives is predicted to hit $18 billion this year, up 3.5 percent from 2018 – creating a challenge for dairy producers. “The large and complex U.S. dairy market faces several forces that are influencing future growth and challenging the status quo,” said Euromonitor. “One trend impacting the industry across cheese, milk and yogurt, among other categories, is the competition from plant-based alternatives.

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Fresh OJ: For High C’s


Freshly squeezed orange juice is a great source of natural vitamin C. Consuming vitamin C supplements does not provide the same protective benefits as drinking a glass of orange juice, says a research team from the Division of Human Nutrition at the University of Milan, Italy (Guarnieri S, Riso P, et al., British Journal of Nutrition).

Food Fact: Just one orange supplies 116.2% of the daily value for vitamin C. If you don’t have time to juice…just eat ’em!


Dairy Free Yogurt

My body cannot tolerate any dairy so for that reason, I’m staying away from it. Plus, I believe dairy is the cause of many diseases.

This dairy free cultured coconut yogurt is really amazing. I recently bought this brand from Trader Joe’s. It’s organic, vegan, creamy, smooth, and tastefully delicious.

On the market today there are other plant “milks,” such as soy and almond yogurts. Why even bother with cows milk. I’ve tried them all and, coconut takes the cake.


What To Look For When You Are Dairy Free

Cow’s Milk vs. Almond Milk

Pasteurized Cow’s Milk:

Pasteurized cow’s milk is the number one allergic food in the United States. It has been associated with a number of symptoms and illnesses including:

  • Diarrhea, cramps, bloating and gas
  • Osteoporosis
  • Arthritis
  • Heart disease
  • Cancer
  • Recurrent ear infections and colic in infants and children
  • Type 1 diabetes
  • Rheumatoid arthritis
  • Infertility
  • Leukemia
  • Autism
  • To read more about this and to educate yourself about the 20 different chemicals in your milk click here.

    Almond Milk

    Almond milk is rich in calcium, vitamin A, E, and D. The calcium rich milk provides the same amount per cup as cow’s milk and soy milk. One cup offers approximately 300 mg, meeting 30 percent of the DV for this major mineral.

    According to WHfood’s, raw almond milk has more of the true organic vitamins, minerals, and nutrients than the alternative prepackaged almond milk.

    An alternative to prepackaged, processed almond milk products, of course, is homemade almond milk. Here is a recipe for homemade almond milk.

    1 cup almonds, soaked overnight
    3 pitted dates
    Pinch of salt
    3 cups water

    1. Combine almonds, pitted dates, salt, and water in a blender and blend on high for two minutes.

    2. Strain through a cheesecloth-lined strainer into a large measuring cup or bowl. Store in a glass jar in the refrigerator for up to three days.

    For more information on this subject, please see: Almonds

    According to the American Academy of Allergy Asthma & Immunology, more than 3 million Americans have an allergy to tree nuts, such as almonds, peanuts or both. Please seek your doctor’s medical advise before trying almond milk.

    Why Vitamin K2 is Crucial if You Take Vitamin D and Calcium …

    Vitamin K2 engages in a delicate dance with vitamin D; whereas vitamin D provides improved bone development by helping you absorb calcium, there is new evidence that vitamin K2 directs the calcium to your skeleton, while preventing it from being deposited where you don’t want it — i.e., your organs, joint spaces, and arteries. As mentioned, a large part of arterial plaque consists of calcium deposits (atherosclerosis), hence the term “hardening of the arteries.”

    Vitamin K2 has also actually been found to decalcify certain tissues undergoing pathological (also known as ectopic) calcification. Vitamin K2 activates a protein hormone called osteocalcin, produced by osteoblasts, which is needed to bind calcium into the matrix of your bone. Osteocalcin also appears to help prevent calcium from depositing into your arteries.

    In other words, without the help of vitamin K2, the calcium that your vitamin D so effectively lets in might be working AGAINST you — by building up your coronary arteries rather than your bones. This is why if you take calcium and vitamin D but are deficient in vitamin K, you could be worse off than if you were not taking those supplements at all.  

    Top 10 Vitamin K Rich Foods List

    1. Green Leafy Vegetables (Kale) – ½ c: 444 mcg (over 100% DV)
    2. Natto (fermented soy) – 2 oz: 500 mcg (over 100% DV)
    3. Spring onions (Scallions) – ½ c: 103 mcg (over 100% DV)
    4. Brussels Sprouts – ½ c: 78 mcg (98% DV)
    5. Cabbage – ½ cup: 82 mcg (over 100% DV)
    6. Broccoli – ½ c: 46 mcg (58% DV)
    7. Dairy (fermented) – ½ c: 10 mcg (10% DV)
    8. Prunes½ c: 52 mcg (65% DV)
    9. Cucumbers – 1 medium: 49 mcg (61% DV)
    10. Dried basil – 1 Tbsp: 36 mcg (45% DV)

    Try consuming 2-3 of these vitamin k rich foods daily. 


    Breast Cancer and Heart Attacks: A Deadly Side Effect of Calcium Supplements?

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    Taking elemental calcium supplements (with or without vitamin D) in amounts of 500 mg or more may actually increase your relative risk of heart attack by up to 27 percent, and may even increase your risk of stroke…

    Taking the wrong type of calcium and in isolation, without complementary nutrients like magnesium, vitamin D and vitamin K, which help keep your body in balance, can have adverse effects, such as calcium building up in coronary arteries and causing heart attacks…

    Osteoporosis, as defined by DXA bone screenings using the T-score, are highly misleading, because they compare your bone density to a 25-year old (and not your age group) as the standard of normality. Bone density and bone strength are two different things, and having highly dense bones may increase your risk of breast cancer as a woman by 300% or more…

    Evidence that supplementing with calcium safely prevents fractures is lacking, but plentiful research suggests calcium deposits are major contributors and even causative factors in many health conditions…

    In order for calcium to do your body good, it must be in a biologically appropriate form and balanced out with vitamins D and K and other important trace minerals, as part of a total nutritional plan…

    To read up more on this please visit:
    Breast Cancer and Heart Attacks via Dr. Mercola
    Article: Evidence that calcium supplements reduce fracture risk is lacking
    Article: Milk, dietary calcium, and bone fractures in women: a 12-year prospective study