The Associated Press | Dec. 17, 2019 11:10:06As people get used to the idea of milk and cheese, there is a new food to avoid: butter and cream.
Butter and cream is now the number one source of dairy-free products in grocery stores, according to a new survey by consumer-oriented research firm Consumer Reports.
The survey, which polled about 1,000 consumers in January, found that 71 percent of people polled had tried butter and milk, while 28 percent had tried both.
Cream is also now a top choice of many grocery shoppers.
More than one-third of those surveyed said they have tried both milk and butter.
Cheryl Hatton, a registered dietitian in North Carolina who has been eating a dairy-based diet for more than 10 years, says that’s an important change from when she was a dairy mom.
“I think it has helped us, and that we are starting to learn,” she said.
Hatton’s dairy-only diet includes lots of butter and eggs, but also other dairy products like yogurt and cheese.
She also said she no longer likes to buy the cream cheese.
Heston Blumenthal, a food writer for The New York Times who is vegan, has found that people who eat more dairy products are more likely to have trouble with heart disease and type 2 diabetes.
She recommends avoiding dairy products that are low in calcium and other nutrients.
“People who have dairy allergies tend to have a higher incidence of certain kinds of dairy allergies, but that’s because dairy products can contain high amounts of calcium and vitamin D,” she wrote in an email.
“People who are lactose intolerant are at a higher risk of developing heart disease, Type 2 diabetes, and other health conditions.”
Hatton says she has been trying to eliminate dairy products from her diet for years.
She was able to get off of dairy for a while by cutting out the dairy-containing foods in her diet.
She said her health has improved a lot in the last year.
“In a few months I had no dairy at all, and now I’m down to a small amount of cheese and cream,” she told Consumer Reports by phone.
Hanson Blumenthal also said it’s important to find a food that’s not loaded with ingredients that can cause allergies.
“If you’re trying to lose weight and not really looking for a fat-burning food, I think the best food is going to be a good quality food,” she explained.
Hannah Bowerman, a consumer advocate at the National Vegan Society, agrees that people need to think about which foods they want to avoid.
“We all need to have our own personal health decisions about what we eat, what we avoid,” she added.
“The only way to do that is to figure out what’s healthy and what’s not.”
Chery Brown, who owns the family dairy farm in Oregon, has been vegan since she was 11 years old and says she doesn’t think she has a hard time eating dairy products.
She said she does eat dairy, but only when she has the time and space.
Brown said she has no problem with the dairy products she has to purchase, but she thinks the best option is to eat a healthy diet that does not include dairy products and does not have added sugars or preservatives.
“For me, I do eat a lot of cheese, so I try to get as many slices and pieces as possible,” she joked.
“It’s a little bit easier to have that time in between and I don’t want to go to the grocery stores to buy a lot.”